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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:
Make a wish 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:
1.37 : 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:
The movie was released one year after the copyrights expired on the stories by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh.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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Soundtrack:
The Fox ChaseSee more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Make a wish, 1 January 2005
Author: Spirit_of_73 from United Kingdom

This is a truly enchanting film for all ages. It takes the viewer to the small Irish village of Rushcullen in County Kerry where not much happens except to one person, Darby O'Gill.

Darby is a lovable old caretaker for the local Lord of the Manor whom the Lord jokes retired years ago but never told anyone. Darby's wanderings up to the ruins above the village have led him into contact with the 'little people' ruled by the likable but cunning King Brian.

The battle of wits between Darby and King Brian are the central theme running through the film but the subplots surrounding Darby's beautiful daughter Katie (played by the English actress Janet Munro who tragically died at only 38) and the competition between her suitor's, Sean Connery and Kieron Moore keep the older viewers interest. Add to this a bit of drama surrounding a death carriage and a scary banshee and you have a film which works on even more levels.

This is something of a forgotten gem of the family film genre. With tales of leprechaun's and banshee's all told through the wonderful west coast brogue, it doesn't fail to captivate.

It's somewhat idealised version of Irish life in the 1920's is also a delight. Okay, not all Irish people lived in thatched cottages, tipped their caps to the local priest or went to the pub to catch up on the craig, but a lot did.

As family films go this is right up there with Mary Poppins and The Lion King, 10 out of 10.

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