Darby O'Gill And The Little People
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Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) -- and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster -- which proves no small task, indeed! Fall under the spell of DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE for a fun-filled evening of magic, mirth, and nonstop shenanigans!|Production on the 1959 film began in the mid-1940s when Walt Disney discovered H. T. Kavanagh's "Darby O'Gill" stories and in 1946, sent artists to Ireland for background material.|Sean Connery appears in the film -- in a singing role --three years before he became famous as James Bond.|Leprechaun means little body in Gaelic, and according to legend, they are 21 inches tall, usually dressed in grass green, 5,000 years old, and immeasurably wealthy.|The film contains one of the scariest scenes ever to appear in a Disney movie - the wail of the hideous Banshee and the arrival of death coach Costa Bower.|With the aid of lavish matte shots, the film was shot entirely in California.
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Darby O'Gill tells stories about the Little People that no one really believes, but his adventures up on top of the mountain top at night are very real to him. As he struggles to cope with the changes that are coming into his life, his imagination gets more and more vivid and real. In the end, we're left wondering if perhaps he is the only one seeing the whole truth, and everyone else is missing out!
This is one of 19 Disney movies directed by Robert Stevenson who had a terrific knack for funny fantasy (the suffocating atmospherics of his terrific Jane Eyre were credited to Orson Welles). I am not sure why he hasn’t been given his due as one of Hollywood’s supreme fantasists.