Finding a curiously silent young runaway boy whose head has been completely shaved, small town police call in a psychologist and discover that he is a war orphan named Peter Frye. Moving in with an understanding retired actor named Gramps, Peter starts going to school and generally begins living the life of a normal boy until his class gets involved with trying to help war orphans in Europe and Asia. Peter soon realizes that – like the children on the posters, whose images haunt him – he, too, is a war orphan. The realization about his parents and the work helping the orphans makes Peter turn very serious, and he is further troubled when he overhears the adults around him talking about the world preparing for another war. Peter awakens the next day and his hair has turned green, prompting him to run away after being taunted by the townspeople and his peers. Suddenly, appearing before him in a lonely part of the woods are the orphaned children whose pictures he saw on the posters. They tell him that he is a war orphan, but that with his green hair he can make a difference and must tell people that war is dangerous for children. He leaves determined to deliver his message to any and all. Upon his return, the townspeople chase Peter, and even Gramps tries to encourage him to consider shaving his hair so that it might grow back normally. He agrees to get his head shaved, and the town barber does the job – that night, however, Peter runs away. Later reunited with Gramps, Peter learns that there are adults out there who accept what he has to say and want him to go on saying it. He’s sure that his hair will grow back in green again, and he will continue to carry his message.
Joseph Walton Losey (January 14, 1909, La Crosse, Wisconsin – June 22, 1984, London) was an American theater and film director. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood.
While in Hollywood, Losey co-directed the original U.S. production of Galileo, by Brecht, with Brecht himself as the other co-director. Charles Laughton, who had worked with Brecht on the translation / adaptation, performed the lead role. In the context of that production, Losey also made a half hour film based on Galileo’s life.
During the McCarthy Era, Losey was investigated for his supposed ties with the Communist Party and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses. His career in shambles, he moved to London, where he continued working as a director.
Even in the UK, he experienced problems: his first British film, The Sleeping Tiger, a 1954 film noir crime thriller, bore the pseudonym Victor Hanbury… read more
Una fábula anti-bélica sobre un niño y un juego simbólico. El color de su cabello como marca de un estigma para unos, para él una marca mesiánica. Entonces surge la desastibilidad de un pueblo. La paranoia y el prejuicio ante la diferencia. La solución:cortar de raíz. Lo cierto es que el símbolo desaparece, la meta no. Al final del filme hay cierto aire que todo lo sucedido fue invención de un niño; conciencia precoz
Pacifistic and antiracist parable. If you forget Pat O'Brien's clownings and some overdramatic scenes, you'll still have some meat on the bone left here. The scene in the barbershop when Peter Fry has his hair cut off is perfectly well shot. No word spoken but roaring bad consciences. A curiosity. Recommended.