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Darby O'Gill and the Little People
     

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

4.3 11
Director: Robert Stevenson,

Cast: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery

 
Baby boomers who may not remember the plot particulars of Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People nonetheless retain fond memories of Disney's publicity campaign, which included an episode of the producer's weekly TV series, wherein the actor playing leprechaun king Brian (Jimmy O'Dea) was passed off as a genuine little person. One look at Darby

Overview

Baby boomers who may not remember the plot particulars of Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People nonetheless retain fond memories of Disney's publicity campaign, which included an episode of the producer's weekly TV series, wherein the actor playing leprechaun king Brian (Jimmy O'Dea) was passed off as a genuine little person. One look at Darby O'Gill itself and one is willing to believe Disney's subterfuge. The story, based on the writings of H. T. Kavanaugh, involves one Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe) an Irish tall-tale spinner who works as a caretaker. On the night that he is replaced by a younger man (Sean Connery), Darby heads home to tell his daughter Katie (Janet Munro) that he has lost his job. En route, he stumbles into the underground leprechaun kingdom, thanks to the intervention of King Brian, who wants to save Darby the shame of telling his daughter about his job. Advised that he will never be able to leave the land of the leprechauns, Darby escapes, and Brian follows. Because he stays above ground until dawn, Brian loses his powers and becomes the property of Darby, who won't let the leprechaun go until he grants three wishes. Brian tricks Darby out of the first two wishes, but is honor-bound to grant the third: that Darby's daughter Katie be wed to the handsome new caretaker. Before this can happen, Katie is seriously injured. As she lies comatose, the Death Coach descends from the sky to gather her to the heavens. Darby rapidly alters his third wish and begs that he be taken in Katie's place. Brian saves Darby's life by tricking him into making a fourth wish, which immediately cancels the first three. The young caretaker wins Katie on his own merits, and Darby has a whole new slew of stories with which to regale the villagers. The principal drawing card of Darby O'Gill and the Little People is its special effects, the most famous of which finds a life-sized Darby O'Gill fiddling away as hundreds of tiny leprechauns dance about him. Even in this era of computerized "F/X," few films have been able to duplicate the sublimely convincing visual magic - -and the effortless charm -- of this 1959 Disney effort.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Darby O'Gill and the Little People is an utterly charming little fantasy that should captivate all sorts of little people, while providing more than sufficient entertainment for their parents. Darby presents a very Hollywood version of Ireland but does so in such a convivial manner that few will complain about its accuracy -- and, wonder of wonders, it's one film that finds beauty in Irish locations that are not always emerald green. Darby is also delightfully straightforward about its fantasy, with no long explanations and sidebars, just a few words here and there to explain the bare bones about leprechauns. The film also boasts a fine cast, from the jaunty, irrepressible Darby of Albert Sharpe to the youthfully handsome Michael of Sean Connery to the mischievous, impish leprechaun king of Jimmy O'Dea. Robert Stevenson directs the proceedings with a smooth hand, deftly mixing the comic and the fantastic, the romantic and the dramatic, and throwing in a frightful banshee sequence to boot. Best of all, Darby has some marvelous special effects, from the aforementioned banshee and its concurrent black coach to the legion of dancing, prancing little people that light up the screen. It's a merry, engaging frolic of a movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
UPC:
0786936233599
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
10,547

Special Features

Closed Caption; All new digital transfer; Backstage Disney; Mr. Connery Goes to Hollywood; Little People, Big Effects; I Captured the King of the Leprechauns; French language track; French and Spanish subtitles; Specifications: ; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Presented as originally filmed in 1959 - fullscreen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Sharpe Darby O'Gill
Janet Munro Katie
Sean Connery Michael McBride
Jimmy O'Dea King Brian
Kieron Moore Pony Sugrue
Estelle Winwood Sheelah
Walter Fitzgerald Lord Fitzpatrick
Denis O'Dea Father Murphy
J.G. Devlin Tom Kerrigan
Jack MacGowran Phadrig Oge
Farrell Pelly Paddy Scanlon
Nora O'Mahony Molly Malloy
Maureen Halligan Gossiping woman

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Gertrude Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Walt Disney Producer
Peter Ellenshaw Special Effects
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Pat McNalley Makeup
Joshua Meador Animator
Ruth Sandifer Makeup
Oliver Wallace Score Composer
Lawrence Edward Watkin Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Man to Cook For [5:33]
2. Darby's Pub Tale [7:34]
3. Changing of the Gardener [7:03]
4. Into the Mountain [6:49]
5. The Fox Chase [7:10]
6. The Wishing Song [10:50]
7. A Good Lad? [4:47]
8. Darby's Big Catch [8:53]
9. Sleeptalking [6:14]
10. Breaking the News [4:07]
11. The Banshee's Return [3:32]
12. Darby Gets His Wishes [7:54]

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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I too am so happy to see this out on DVD. I have fond memories watching it as a kid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this film as a child and am very happy to finally see it on DVD. The early special effects are great and so is the early Sean Connery!
ColeBC More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movies about the fairy tales and folklore of Ireland. The performances are great Albert Sharp is a hoot as Darby.
Little_Irish More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie as a little girl, and had to have it. A must see for any person who loves Irish fairytales and folklore. This movie is wonderful for the whole family!
djb26 More than 1 year ago
this is one of the great old movies with a very young Sean Connery. It is a bit scary for young kids though. Has great special effects for the time.
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I watched this "back in the day" (I was probably pre-teen)and loved it. I bought it to see if it was still good. It did not disappoint! It's a tad sappy, but it's Disney and it's from a sappier time. It still was fun and remarkably well done. The special effects for the time were fantastic....and they hold up today. Really interesting seeing how they did the effects (watch the "extras). Very enjoyable! Interesting to see a very young Sean Connery.
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