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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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Those Tricky Little People See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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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Also Known As:
"The Little People" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 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 Gaelic. 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 King Brian is talking to Katie in her sleep and she awakes, you can see the bars of the bed through her head and her hand; when she lays back down.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Christmas Carol (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Rakes of MallowSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Those Tricky Little People, 19 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

As a lad I well remember the kind of campaigns Walt Disney used to publicize his films. He used all the available outlets he had such as his Mickey Mouse Club show or the Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color television shows. If Walt Disney could have worked it out, he'd have plugged Darby O'Gill and the Little People on Zorro.

I remember Disney on one of his shows having a formal meeting with King Brian of Knocknasheega to sign over screen rights to the story of the leprechauns. It was all done with a kind of serious pomp that would impress a kid with Disney and Jimmy O'Dea who played the leprechaun king, Brian Conners.

According to the Films of Walt Disney by Leonard Maltin, Disney had it in mind to do an Irish story for over 15 years before Darby O'Gill was released. In fact when he saw the original Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, he had his leading man in mind in the person of Albert Sharpe.

Sharpe's Darby O'Gill is a gamekeeper on the grounds of Lord Fitzpatrick who in his declining years spends more time at the local pub, regaling the patrons with his tales of encounters with the leprechauns. As Walter Fitzgerald who plays Lord Fitzpatrick says, Darby retired a couple of years ago without telling me. So he's hired himself a young new gamekeeper, an outsider from Dublin named Michael McBride played by a pre-James Bond Sean Connery.

Connery's a decent chap though and he'll give Sharpe time enough to vacate the gamekeeper's gate cottage. Besides Connery's taken a liking to Darby's daughter Katie in the person of winsome Janet Munro.

The film alternates and then blends the story of Connery's courtship of Munro with the person of her other suitor, the town bully played by Kieron Moore and Sharpe's adventures with the leprechauns. King Brian tricks him a couple of times, but Darby captures him by getting him drunk and keeping him out until daylight when he has no powers.

If Darby O'Gill had been made by someone other than Disney probably Barry Fitzgerald would have played Darby. Sharpe certainly has the elfin charm of Fitzgerald's Michaeleen O'Flynn from The Quiet Man. And because he was not a movie name, he worked a lot cheaper for Disney, always a consideration in The Magic Kingdom.

The special effects are really good here considering this was the age before computer generated graphics. Enough to give even a twelve year old a fright with the appearance of the banshee and the costa bower, the death coach.

The answer to a movie trivia question is this film if it is ever asked whether Sean Connery sang in a movie. It's in fact him singing, My Little Irish Girl, both he and Janet Munro sing it alone and duet it for the finale. No dubbing, in fact Sean Connery cut a 45 rpm record of it back in the day. Probably worth a fortune if you could find one.

Janet Munro did a few films for Disney. She was a wholesome lass in his films, very appealing and her death at too young and age was a real tragedy. Either Disney didn't spot anything in Sean Connery or Connery was too smart to be tied down to a long term contract to that studio. Connery after Dr. No premiered spent the next dozen years or so trying to prove both artistically and financially that he was capable of more than James Bond.

But it sure would be fascinating to speculate on what turn Sean Connery's career would have taken if I had starred in a half a dozen or so Disney features. Can you imagine him trying to escape that kind of typecasting?

Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a children's film and I think it still has charm a-plenty even for today's generation who might be skeptical about leprechauns.

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