Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Dec. 5, 2020, Darby O'Gill

This week’s mystery movie was the 1959 Walt Disney picture “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” with Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O’Dea, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O’Dea, J.G. Devlin, Jack MacGowran, Farrell Delly and Nora O’Mahony.

Photography by Winton C. Hoch. Edited by Stanley Johnson, special effects by Peter Ellenshaw and Eustace Lycett, animation effects by Joshua Meador. Assistant director Robert G. Shannon, costumes by Chuck Keehne and Gertrude Casey.

Makeup by Pat McNalley, hairstyles by Ruth Sandifer, sound by Robert O. Cook, sound mixing by Dean Thomas, technical advisor Michael O’Herlihy, music editor Evelyn Kennedy.

Art direction by Carroll Clark, special art styling by Peter Ellenshaw and Don Da Gradi, set decoration by Emile Kuri and Fred MacLean.

Music by Oliver Wallace, orchestration by Clifford Vaughan. “The Wishing Song” and “Pretty Irish Girl” by Lawrence Edward Watkin and Oliver Wallace.

Written by Lawrence Edward Watkin. Suggested by H.T. Kavanagh’s Darby O’Gill stories.

Directed by Robert Stevenson.

“Darby O’Gill and the Little People” is available on DVD from TCM and is streaming at Disney Plus.

darby_ogill_cover Everyone has their own way of remembering the late Sean Connery, and this is mine. It’s a charming movie with catchy tunes and a surprisingly clever and well-constructed plot for a Disney film, which are often formulaic. I missed this film in the theaters, though I saw “The Shaggy Dog,” which came out the same year – I was so disappointed that it was in black and white.

Out of curiosity, I went looking for the author, Herminie Templeton Kavanagh, and I found “Darby O’Gill and the Good People” at Archive.org. Kavanagh, the wife of a Superior Court judge in Chicago, was born in the UK in 1876 and died in 1933 at the age of 61. The book was first serialized in McClure’s magazine (available via UNZ.org, a wonderful repository of vintage magazines).

The 1901 magazine story has some interesting illustrations by Gustave Verbeek:

Darby O'Gill McClure's Magazine

Darby O'Gill

Nov. 30, 2020, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman.

Update: This is Nora O’Mahony / O’Mahoney.

Dec. 1, 2020, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have another mystery woman.

Update: This is Maureen Halligan.

Dec. 2, 2020, Mystery photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have this mysterious man of the cloth.

Update: This is Denis O’Dea.

Dec. 2, 2020, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery fellow. A rather annoying sort.

Update: This is Kieron Moore.

Dec. 2, 2020, Mystery Photo

And finally, we have this well-dressed mystery gent. His companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

Update: For Friday, I added our mysterious guest of honor.

Update: This Sean Connery and Walter Fitzgerald.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Chrisbo (mystery movie).

Dec. 3, 2020, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” we have this regal mystery guest.

Update: This is Jimmy O’Dea.

Dec. 3, 2020, Mystery Photo

And finally, we have this mystery woman.

Update: This is Estelle Winwood.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Chrisbo (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast).

Dec. 4, 2020, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have our mystery fiddle player.

Update: This is Albert Sharpe.

Dec. 4, 2020, Mystery Photo

Also for Friday, a mysterious Irish lass.

Update: This is Janet Murno, who I was surprised to learn died in 1972 at the age of 38.

Dec. 4, 2020, Mystery Photo
And finally….  Yes, he sings in this movie.

Update: This is Sean Connery. He also sings (memorably) in “The Man Who Would Be King.”

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Floyd Thursby (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Chrisbo (Thursday’s mystery guests), Funky PhD (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Roget-L.A. (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery guests), Gary (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Anne Papineau (mystery movie), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Candace R. Copley (mystery movie) and Benito (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery lout and Thursday’s mystery guests).

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48 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. suzanne a. stone says:

    Florence Eldridge in “The Winslow Boy” in 1958’s DuPont Show of the Month?

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  2. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Catherine Lacey

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  3. mike hawks says:

    Nora O’Mahoney and Maureen Halligan in DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE.

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  4. Chrisbo says:

    Is the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People?

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  5. Sylvia E. says:

    So far, I only have an obscure observation on your photo choices. If Monday’s image had shown someone smoking a cigarette, by Wednesday you would have had the set up for the song “Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women” by Tim Spencer.

    But then, maybe Tuesday’s woman is not ‘wild, wild’, just very excited. She looks like she runs a small town post office, so maybe some thrilling news has arrived and she is sharing.

    Looking forward to being able to actually make a guess, maybe on Wednesday.

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE. Nora O’Mahoney Monday, Maureen Halligan Tuesday, Denis O’Dea with Sean Connery as BOTH guy, Kieron Moore, and Walter Fitzgerald.

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  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
    Monday: Nora O’Mahoney
    Tuesday: Maureen Halligan
    Wednesday: Denis O’Dea; Kieron Moore; Walter Fitzgerald, Sean Connery

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  8. Chrisbo says:

    Denis O’Dea and Kieron Moore today

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  9. funkyphd says:

    Movie: The Quiet Man. Tuesday’s mystery woman: Mildred Natwick

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  10. mike hawks says:

    Denis O’Dea, Keiron Moore and Walter Fitzgerald.

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  11. Sylvia E. says:

    The Rising of the Moon 1957

    Just a shot in the dark and from the description, it’s a movie I’d like to see.

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  12. tucsonbarbara says:

    “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”

    Mon – Nora O’Mahoney
    Tues – Maureen Halligan
    Wed – Denis O’Dea, Kieron Moore, Walter Fitzgerald

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  13. LC says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) w/Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Kieron Moore, Estelle Winwood, Nora O’Mahoney, Albert Sharpe, …

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  14. Mary Mallory says:

    Jimmy O’Dea and Estelle Winwood.

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  15. beachgal says:

    Thurs final photo is Estelle Winwood. Might this be Darby O’Gill and the Little People?

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  16. beachgal says:

    Wed man of the cloth is Denis O’Dea

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  17. beachgal says:

    Thurs little king is Jimmy O’Dea

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  18. beachgal says:

    Wed 2nd photo is Kieron Moore

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  19. Floyd Thursby says:

    For Thursday we have Estelle Winwood. The movie is “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.”

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  20. beachgal says:

    Wed photo 3 is Walter Fitzgerald

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  21. beachgal says:

    Monday – I think this is Nora O’Mahoney

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  22. beachgal says:

    Tues – woman is Maureen Halligan

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  23. beachgal says:

    Friday we will see Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Albert Sharpe.

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  24. Sylvia E. says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People 1959

    Estelle Winwood and Jimmy O’Dea

    Earlier, Kieron Moore, Denis O’Dea, Walter Fitzgerald.
    I think one of the women is Maureen Halligan.

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  25. Chrisbo says:

    There’s Estelle Winwood! And Jimmy O’Dea as King Brian.

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  26. FunkyPhD says:

    “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.” Thursday’s mystery woman is Estelle Winwood.

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  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Jimmy O’Dea; Estelle Winwood

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  28. tucsonbarbara says:

    Thurs – Jimmy O’Dea, Estelle Winwood

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  29. B.J. Merholz says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

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  30. mike hawks says:

    Jimmy O’Dea and Estelle Winwood.

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  31. Allie says:

    I captured the king of the leprechauns ?

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  32. Rogét-L.A. says:

    Jimmy O’Dea and Estelle Winwood in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

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  33. Gary says:

    This is Estelle Winwood in Harry Darby and the Little People. Must be Thursday if I’m right.

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  34. Anne Papineau says:

    Profoundly embarrassing. Well and truly. Watched “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” a few months ago on Disney +. The shame.

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  35. Megan and Thom says:

    Our movie is Darby O’Gill and the Little People. For Monday, Nora Mahoney is our mystery guest. For Tuesday, it’s Maureen Halligan, and for Wednesday, it’s Denis O’Dea, Kieron Moore, and Walter Fitzgerald. For today, we have Jimmy O’Dea and Estelle Winwood.

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  36. CANDACE R COPLEY says:

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Expect Sean Connery tomorrow.

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  37. Benito says:

    I spy Kieran Moore, Jimmy O’Dea, and Estelle Winwood in DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE. Janet Munro coming up!

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  38. tucsonbarbara says:

    Fri – Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, and Sean Connery

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  39. Sylvia E. says:

    Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro and Sean Connery.

    Looking forward to Saturday’s breakdown.

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  40. Mary Mallory says:

    Albert sharpe, Janet Munro, and Bond, James Bond Mr. Sean Connery.

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  41. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Albert Sharpe; Janet Munro; Sean Connery.

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  42. beachgal says:

    Fri – Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery

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  43. mike hawks says:

    Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro and Sean Connery.

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  44. Megan and Thom says:

    Friday mystery guests are Albert Sharp, Janet Munro and Sean Connery.

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