Why you need ‘The Boy With Green Hair’ and ‘The Canterville Ghost’

canterville_ghost_dvd You know, sometimes it’s good to ditch the new movies that are all about the tech stuff and sex and crimes and go back. Way back. Back to the good old days when people really acted, and you knew that no matter what happened in the movie, things would turn out well in the end.

Warner Archives is releasing some awesome old movies that will take you back to just that time. Here’s a little round-up of some recent releases. The descriptions aren’t mine; they’re straight from Warner Archives:

The Canterville Ghost

One brave act and the spell is broken! The specter of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted Canterville Castle for 300 years, ever since he was walled up alive for cowardice. A daring deed by a kinsman will free his spirit. Unfortunately, the Cantervilles are a timorous lot and Simon is out of luck. Then World War II GIs are billeted at the castle and among them is Canterville descendent Cuffy Williams. But could Cuffy be cursed with the family lily liver? Charles Laughton (as the ghost), Robert Young (as Cuffy) and Margaret O’Brien (as the castle’s six-year-old current owner) conjure peals of merry laughter out of an exuberant, ingenious comedy based on an Oscar Wilde tale and cleverly directed by Jules Dassin (Rififi, Topkapi).

More after the jump…

boy_with_green_hairThe Boy With Green Hair

Made in the hopeful post-World War II era that produced such classics of social conscience as “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “Pinky” and “Home of the Brave,” this provocative film is a fable for its time – and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America…until the day his hair turns green. Then the townfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that “different” doesn’t mean “threatening,” The Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O’Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (“The Servant,” “The Go-Between”).

By the way, check out the Warner Archive Sweepstakes. There’s some really cool stuff you can win on there.

And see all the Warner Archive DVDs right here. “The Gathering,” “Rio Rita,” and “The Show of Shows” are some other recent releases.

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