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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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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 »
More than a wee bit of magical shenanigans! See more »
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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One of Disneys Best See more (51 total) »


  (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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Little People" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Wires are often visible when the leprechauns are jumping or making things fly about.See more »
[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 Dennis Muren Interview (2006) (V)See more »
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
One of Disneys Best, 17 March 2003
Author: Michael J. Mercer from Holbrook, NY

I first saw this film when I was 6 years old (I'm 49 now) and it stayed with me since then. The special effects are so good that I REALLY believed that the "little people" existed.(I also love Walt Disneys acknowledgement in the credits, thanking the "wee folk" for their cooperation in making the film). I still watch the film (usually around St.Patricks day) and after 43 years it still delights me. The story is short sweet and to the point, the acting wonderful, especially Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro and a very young Sean Connery(who sings very nicely), and Robert Stevensons' direction is right on the money. The later scenes, with the death carriage and the banshees scared me silly as a child and are still quite creepy. This is a film that holds up extraordinarily well and is terrific for family viewing. I have a copy on laser disc but look foward to its eventual release on DVD.

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