Mommy says that here is the main reason ladybeans should watch this movie: a young Sean Connery . . . and he sings!
This film follows the adventures of Darby O'Gill, the village drunken storyteller, and his relationship with the Little People, notably King Brian . . . the king of the Little People. Most of the villagers are entertained by Darby's stories, but none really believe him . . . including his daughter Katie and his employer. When a young and handsome Michael McBride first arrives, Darby assumes he has been hired to help him in his caretaker duties on the lord's estate. Soon, however, it is revealed that Michael has instead been hired as Darby's replacement! Darby hits upon a scheme to trick King Brian out of his gold so that he can support himself and his daughter, but will he be successful? Are the Little People truly real, or are they merely figments of Darby's drunken imagination, as everyone else believes?
This film is filled with humor, colorful Irish scenery, and romance. The relationship between King Brian and Darby is one of friendly rivalry, with each doing their best to outsmart the other. King Brian attempts to trap Darby forever in his realm only to be outwitted by Darby who rouses him and his subjects to The Hunt with his inspired fiddle playing. Later Darby attempts to capture King Brian by challenging him to a drinking game, planning to keep him occupied until cock's crow, when the king will lose his powers. This is a wonderful story, and perfect for Saint Patrick's Day!
I give "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" two pints of green beer and a shake from my magical shillelagh!