Darby O'Gill seems to be as full of blarney as any old codger in Ireland, but the stories of leprechauns he tells at the pub are true. In fact, he and the tiny King Brian, ruler of The Little People, are friendly adversaries, continually out-foxing each other. Darby needs a bit of magical help from the wily King when Lord Fitzpatrick replaces him as caretaker with the handsome, strapping young Michael from Dublin. Michael falls in love with Darby's beautiful daughter Katie, which is all right with Darby, but the lad has a rival in a local ruffian, the son of a devious widow who wants her boy to be the caretaker. King Brian's supernatural assistance is necessary to make everything come out all right, but the sneaky leprechaun won't play matchmaker without a fight. Finally, real trouble comes in the form of the Banshee, and Darby will need all his quick wits to save his daughter from the wicked spirit.
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Did You Know?
and the other actors who played leprechauns were not given any screen credit, nor did Walt Disney
allow any other material to be published about them in the marketing for this movie. Disney's intention was to give the illusion he was using real leprechauns for the filming. Disney even went so far as to film "The Magical World of Disney
(1954)" season five, episode six, "I Captured the King of the Leprechauns", in which he and Darby (Albert Sharpe
) manage to corner King Brian and convince him to participate in this movie along with his people. See more
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
Come in, Mrs. Sugrue!
Katie, darlin'! Can you lend me the loan of a small pinch o' tea; I'll pay ye back Thursday.
Ye can have it an' welcome.
In the opening credits: My thanks to King Brian of Knocknasheega and his Leprechauns, whose gracious co-operation made this picture possible. - Walt Disney See more
After the modest returns during its first run, it was felt that younger viewers had trouble understanding the thick Irish accents. The film was redubbed, replacing some of the Irish with English and softening the Irish accents, for reissues. See more