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.
More than a wee bit of magical shenanigans!
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Did You Know?
The lighting used to make sure the actors were kept in proper perspective without seeming false used up so much electricity it apparently blew out a substation in Burbank when the lights were turned on without warning. See more
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
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
A minor difference between the two laserdisc versions: in the second (Re-Mastered) version, King Brian orders the Strativarius fetched in Irish whereas it was in English in the first version. See more
Referenced in St. Elsewhere: Rain
The Wishing Song
Written by Lawrence Edward Watkin
& Oliver Wallace
Performed by Albert Sharpe
and Jimmy O'Dea
(uncredited) See more