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Darby O'Gill and the Little People -- The story of an Irish caretaker who manages to exact three wishes from Brian, king of the leprechauns.

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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Edward Watkin (written by)
H.T. Kavanagh (suggested by "Darby O'Gill" stories)
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Release Date:
23 March 1960 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
More than a wee bit of magical shenanigans! See more »
Plot:
A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
A Pleasant, Feel-Good Film With A Touch Of The Old Blarney See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Albert Sharpe ... Darby O'Gill

Janet Munro ... Katie O'Gill

Sean Connery ... Michael McBride
Jimmy O'Dea ... King Brian
Kieron Moore ... Pony Sugrue

Estelle Winwood ... Sheelah Sugrue
Walter Fitzgerald ... Lord Fitzpatrick
Denis O'Dea ... Father Murphy
J.G. Devlin ... Tom Kerrigan

Jack MacGowran ... Phadrig Oge
Farrell Pelly ... Paddy Scanlon
Nora O'Mahoney ... Molly Malloy (as Nora O'Mahony)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Beach ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Patrick Sullivan Burke ... Leprechaun (uncredited)
Maureen Halligan ... Gossiping woman (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Sean (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Pub Patron (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Pub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Edward Watkin (written by)

H.T. Kavanagh (suggested by "Darby O'Gill" stories)

Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stanley E. Johnson  (as Stanley Johnson)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
 
Makeup Department
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist
Ruth Sandifer .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert G. Shannon .... assistant director
Charles Norton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don DaGradi .... special art styling (as Don Da Gradi)
Peter Ellenshaw .... special art styling
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... special photographic effects
Eustace Lycett .... special photographic effects
Joshua Meador .... animation effects
Jim Fetherolf .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gertrude Casey .... costumer
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestration
Oliver Wallace .... songs: music and lyrics by
Lawrence Edward Watkin .... songs: music and lyrics by
Ruby Murray .... singing voice: Janet Munro (uncredited)
Brendan O'Dowda .... singing voice: Sean Connery (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Michael O'Herlihy .... technical advisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Little People" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
93 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Iceland:L | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #19015) (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
In the original release, there were numerous asides where the Irish characters would speak in Munster Irsh. Darby counts off "aon, dó, trí, ceathair" before playing the Fox Chase; several times King Brian rallies the hunt with a cry of "Ar aghaidh linn! (ahead with us!)" and so on. A later version had most of these lines redubbed in English.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Darby is in the leprechaun cave and King Brian opens the side of the mountain so that the leprechauns can ride their horses outside a number of rocks fall into the opening. One very large rock lands in the middle of the path. A split second later, when the leprechauns ride out, the rock is no longer there.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Katie O'Gill:Come in, Mrs. Sugrue!
Sheelah Sugrue:Katie, darlin'! Can you lend me the loan of a small pinch o' tea; I'll pay ye back Thursday.
Katie O'Gill:Ye can have it an' welcome.
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Soundtrack:
The Wishing SongSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Pleasant, Feel-Good Film With A Touch Of The Old Blarney, 3 August 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Boy, this is about as Irish as it gets: accents, terminology that is foreign to most other people but fun to hear, leprechauns, pots of gold, three wishes (no more), other magic, Irish jigs and a few songs, lush countryside with plenty of green.....and a lot of good-natured blarney. It's old-fashioned, innocent fun, with a love story thrown in the mix.

The latter involves a very young-looking Sean Connery. It's a shock to see him when he was in his late '20s, and even more of a shock to hear him sing, too! Three years later, Connery hit the jackpot (acting, not singing) playing James Bond in "Dr. No," and the rest is history.

In this Walt Disney film, he plays "Michael McBride" who winds up falling for "Katie O'Gill." The latter is played by Janet Munro, a pretty woman who had the opposite screen success of Connery. After staring in a few of these Disney movies in which she played wholesome girls, she did an about-face and played unhappy and edgy characters and that, it turned out, was a poor choice. Alocholism then led to the tragic misfortune of contracting a fatal illness which killed her at the age of 38.

The lead character, "Darby O'Gill," is played very convincingly by Albert Sharpe. He was definitely the "character" of the story.

This movie is a nice, feel-good film filled with a laughing horse, the good guys winning over the bad, a few dramatic moments, singing and dancing "little people," and an assortment of Irish delights. I think kids would still like this film, even though it's dated with the special-effects, but that's to be expected. After all, the film is almost 50 years old. It has a pleasant feel to it and should still entertain folks today.

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