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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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User Reviews:
It's just lovely. 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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
A version of the song "My Pretty Irish Girl" sung by Sean Connery and Janet Munro was released as a single about the same time as the debut of the movie in 1959. Ironically, Sean Connery said the singing was the one aspect of the role he wasn't too fond of.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Darby pretends to take a drink from the mug and pours the liquor back into the jug, he spills much of it, leaving a large stain around the jug neck. When the jug is next seen, less than a minute later, the neck is completely dry.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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It's just lovely., 9 November 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Darby O'Gill is well known for his fantastical stories, he is also known as the man who is constantly seeking the pot of gold he believes exists. When one day Darby tells all in the Inn that he has found the pot of gold, nobody of course pays him much heed, they are further aghast when Darby tells of a Leprechaun King called Brian, and how he tricked Darby out of his three wishes.

Fantastical romp that is cloaked by Irish mystical folklore, what's not to like really? It's a delightful tale told with intuitive pacing and containing wonderful special effects. Once Darby (Albert Sharp) enters the magical world of the leprechaun's, we are witness to gorgeous colour and jaunty shenanigans as director Robert Stevenson and his team unleash the tricks of the trade. Based on the Darby O'Gill stories written by H.T. Kavanagh, this production was something that Walt Disney had wanted to make for many many years, even visiting Ireland in 1948 to research for the project. Disney's wait was worth it for it oozes Disneys renowned production values and delivers entertainment for children and adults alike.

Joining the splendid Sharpe in the cast is the excellent Jimmy O'Dea as King Brian, Janet Munro as Katie, and a youthful Sean Connery as Michael McBride, all of which are in on the fun and all lighting up the tale with consummate ease. I defy anyone to not be tapping their feet for most of this picture! So go grab all the family and park yourselves in front of the TV and let the magic wash over you: for it will, to be sure to be sure. 8/10

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