Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) - Episode 34
Three wishes I'll grant ye, great wishes or small! But you wish a fourth and you'll lose them all! Patrick has thrown us waaaaaay back for this episode, asking Gali and Devlin to accompany him to meet Darby O’Gill and the Little People, a 1959 Disney live action movie which features one of the first performances by a very young Sean Connery.
Smalltown tale-teller Darby O’Gill (Irish stage legend Albert Sharpe) spends his days avoiding his groundskeeper duties by spinning pub yarns of his pursuit of the local Leprechauns and specifically their leader, King Brian Connors (comedian Jimmy O’Dea). Tricked out of his crock of gold, Darby vows to get one over on the wily King Brian when his master hires a younger man to take over his duties, to ensure that his daughter Katie (Janet Munro) can retain her homestead.
We look at the odd inception of this project, as Walt Disney himself sunk almost a decade and a half into its development hoping to strike it rich among the Irish diaspora of the US. We also talk impressive sets, excessive stereotypes, and Patrick’s mischievous devotion to making Devlin sit through musical numbers.
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