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A Family Friendly Leprechaun Movie List For St. Patrick's Day

Updated on March 17, 2015

A Leprechaun Movie List For Families

If you are looking for a wonderful, family friendly St. Patrick's Day leprechaun movie, you have come to the right place.

On this page, you will find a list of some wonderful Irish-themed movies including the likes of Darby O'Gill and the Little People, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns and Finian's Rainbow. Most of these movies are classics but you will also find a few more modern movie recommendations, including information about Hallmark's new 2012 movie, Chasing Leprechauns.

For some of the movies you will find plot summaries, age recommendations, highlights, themes and Amazon customer reviews. I will be continuing to expand the information available on this page but meanwhile, I am sure that you will find a leprechaun movie or two to add to your Saint Patrick's Day movies list.

"Luck can change in the twinkle of an eye."

A Word About Shopping For Movies on Amazon

All of the movies on this list are available for purchase from Amazon by clicking on any of the links in the description or by clicking on the little orange button from Amazon that reads 'Buy Now.' I find Amazon's pricing to be very competitive and the fact that they offer FREE SHIPPING on orders of $35 or more is really a nice bonus. A final reason for using Amazon is that they have an extensive collection. Movies that you will not find at your local retail outlet can often be found through Amazon.

Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) - Starring: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery

Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a Walt Disney film that has stood the test of time remarkably well. Darby is an older estate caretaker who prefers telling tall tales in the pub than actually working. When he is replaced, Darby is not sure what will happen to both himself and his daughter so when three opportunities present themselves, he grabs them up. It is a whimsical but not silly, supernatural but not outlandish film that is perfect for the entire family.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 8 years old and up. Be cautioned though that there are some quite scary scenes in this movie which may upset some children.

HIGHLIGHTS: A very young Sean Connery sings and a song-and-dance number with hundreds of little people.

Darby O'Gill And The Little People
Darby O'Gill And The Little People

AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:"This is PURE Disney...sweet, serious, and especially, great for kids. Let the fantasy take them to another place, as it did for me, when I first watched it. It's Albert Sharpe, though, that gives the crowning performance of his wonderful career. Watch it. Love it. Always believe..." ~~ R. Gawlitta

 
The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold [VHS]
The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold [VHS]

The DVD set called Classic Christmas Favorites doesn't cost much more than the single VHS tape does. To read more about the set on Amazon, click here.

 

The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold (1981) - Actors: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Bob McFadden, Ken Jennings, Gerry Matthews

The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold is a beautiful Rankin/Bass stop motion movie featuring both 'full-grown human beings' and leprechauns. As you know, there's always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and, in this story, the fact that the rainbow leads to the gold is a dead give away and attracts screaming banshees (or evil fairies) that in turn cause all sorts of problems in their attempts to obtain Christmas gold! I was impressed by the quality of this film and I enjoyed the story, too. The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold is available alone as a VHS videotape or as part of a DVD movie set called Classic Christmas Favorites.

Finian's Rainbow (1968)

Finian's Rainbow
Finian's Rainbow

Starring actors Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks and Keenan Wynn, Finian's Rainbow is another trip to Ireland.

 
The Secret of Roan Inish
The Secret of Roan Inish

AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:"This magical story reunites a family on a small Irish island with little more than a young girl's dream and some hard work by she and her cousin...Whether you are a fan of the Selkie myth, Ireland, or are looking for a film that you, your children, and your parents can watch together, I heartily recommend this one." ~~ Laurie Gold

 

The Secret of Roan Inish (1995) - Actors: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey, Dave Duffy

The Secret of Roan Inish is a tale of myth and magic, in which an Irish girl goes to live with her grandparents and is certain that her missing baby brother is actually alive and being raised by Selkies. Selkies are seals who can turn into human beings. Fiona is not certain at first whether she believes in these creatures but eventually realizes that believing allows her to reclaim her family heritage. A quiet movie filmed on the west coast of Ireland, it is filled with beautiful images which help portray the magic that surrounds the people who believe in it. AGE RECOMMENDATION: 8 years old and up. THEMES: Loyalty, Commitment to Family & Following Your Heart

A Very Unlucky Leprechaun (1998) - Actors: Warwick Davis, Danielle Lombardi, Stephanie Lombardi, Tim Matheson, Lisa Thornhill

The Magical Legend Of The Leprechauns
The Magical Legend Of The Leprechauns | Source

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns features Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey, Colm Meaney and Kieran Culkin. It was originally a television miniseries produced by Hallmark Entertainment, and is a romantic comedy movie in a fantasy setting which features a doomed romance between a princess fairy and a teenage leprechaun and some humorous characters (like that played by Whoopie Goldberg). An American travels to Ireland and rents a cottage but finds out that the cottage is inhabited by leprechauns who are involved in a battle with the fairies.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: A television miniseries which was not rated.


The Magical Legend Of The Leprechauns
The Magical Legend Of The Leprechauns

Amazon customer Tamara Rape says that this movie made her fall in love with Ireland. With the legends, music and even one leprechaun named Mickey Muldoon. She says that the story took some creative license but that it was true to Irish folktales. She recommends it for anyone who has a "romantic bone in their body," who loves fairy tales and dreams of Ireland.

 

Leapin Leprechauns (1995)

Leapin Leprechauns [VHS]
Leapin Leprechauns [VHS]

Actors Ray Bright (II), Mihai Niculescu, Mihai Bunea, Sylvester McCoy and Razvan Ionescu star in Leapin' Leprechauns, a movie that remains available only on VHS video tape.

 
Luck of the Irish [VHS]
Luck of the Irish [VHS]

Luck of the Irish is another movie that remains available only on VHS tape.

 

Luck of the Irish (2002)

"Kid today. Leprechaun tomorrow."

Luck of the Irish is a Disney Channel Original Movie from 2002. It starred Ryan Merriman as a youngster for whom everything was easy. He was in the basketball team finals, girls loved him and he kept finding money. His luck changes when his gold coin necklace is stolen. It turns out that Kyle is from a leprechaun family and that the necklace kept him from turning into a leprechaun. Definitely a fun, family-friendly movie. Unfortunately, however, Luck of the Irish is only available on VHS videotape.

Hallmark's Chasing Leprechauns (2012)

Premiered on Hallmark Channel on March 17, 2012.

A New York business executive needs a vacation. However, instead of on a vacation, he finds himself traveling to Ireland to finish up a deal on a smelting plant construction site, which is supposedly the home of leprechauns. In an effort to close the deal, a tries to get the local leprechaun expert on his side. She believes that the land is occupied by leprechauns and therefore won't agree to the building permit. He tries to get her approval by learning about the customs of the town but of course (since this Hallmark movie) he falls in love…

The History of St. Patrick's Day, A Documentary Film

The History of St. Patrick's Day
The History of St. Patrick's Day

The History of St. Patrick's Day (2010)

Documentary look at St. Patrick's Day in America.

The History of St. Patrick's Day tells the story of how Irish people immigrated into America and changed what was a religious festival into what we know today as St. Patrick's Day, the celebration of all things Irish. Enjoy parades, assemblies, marches, bagpipers. Discover the recent controversy in this look at the transformation of Saint Patrick's Day.

Click here to order your copy of The History of St. Patrick's Day from Amazon.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

What Leprechaun Movie Do You Recommend We See?

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visit, Lorelei. I hope you were able to see a few St. Patrick's Day themed movies!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      You are welcome, Pat. As you likely know, I love themed movie lists!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea that there were so many movies ideal for St. Patrick's day. I think that I will be watching more than a few Leprechauns over the next week or so. I love those little guys.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I never realized there was a whole movie category for just St. Patrick's Day. Wonderful to have a list all in one place. Thanks for the reviews!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @OhMe: They are great fun and nothing offensive about them either!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Zeross4: Thanks for the visit and the pin, Daisy. I appreciate them. I hope you were able to check out a couple of these movies.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @The_Kelster: You are welcome. I hope you get to watch some of them!

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many Irish movies. Hmmm. I wonder if I can get a hold of something before Monday :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't seen any of these movies but they sure sound like they would be fun to watch on St. Patrick's Day

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Pinned to my Holiday board! Great ideas. St Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that I'm never really sure how to celebrate- lots of great movies here to watch though. I like scary movies, and remember watching the Leprechaun horror movies many years ago. Some family friendly ones I'd like to see would be "The Magical Legend of Leprechauns" and "Finian's Rainbow" those looked good!

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      The_Kelster 3 years ago

      This was a great lens! I haven't seen ANY of these movies, so this St. Patrick's day I have some catching up to do! Thank you for putting them all together like this! :)

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Wow, Sean Connery looks so young on that cover for the Darby O'Gill flick. I had no idea either that he did movies for Disney . . . that's kind of funny actually.

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      What a fun thing to play these movies during my St. Pat's day party. I love them all, but there is just something about Fred Astaire in Finnegan's Rainbow that is so wonderful. Has to take the cake for me as top leprechaun movie.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      What a great list of movie recommendations for St. Patricks Day! I don't believe I have seen any of these movies before, so I should have lots of fun catching up :)

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" brings back memories! Wonderful collection of leprechaun movies, Brenda!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have see lots of leprechaun movies but i can't remember the titles. sorry. at any rate, angelblessings for this entertaining lens.

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      soniazahan 5 years ago

      Great Lens!!! Thanks for sharing this important topic!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      My favorite is Darby O'gill and the Little People. I have seen it several times and would recommend it. Thanks for a fantastic lens.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Awesome Lens - so many movies about leprechauns! Congrat - you so deserve LOTD.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      I have been looking for a movie to watch this St. Patrick's Day with the kids. I had no idea there were so many leprechaun movies!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent selection. I was especially happy to find the history documentary here. Thank you!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      What a great list for St Paddy's Day entertainment! Thanks :>)

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Wow! What a great list and so many I have never seen. Nice job and congrats on being featured on LOTD.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      These movies look like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Ha ha.....I can see my husband getting a few of these into his presents this year, since he shares his birthday with the Leprechuns! Have a great St Patricks Day too!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Great list. I haven't heard of most of these. The luck of the Irish to you, blessed!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2012! All the best of green Irish luck to you.

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      Awesome list! Congrats on LOTD. Great job!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Cute lens ... had no idea there were that many Leprechaun movies.

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      gods_grace_notes 5 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many movies about Leprechauns. Thanks for taking the time to share your family friendly list!

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Lovely stuff, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't know some of these stars were in these movies, enjoyed seeing this ... *blessed!*

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Very nice lens well done! squidlikes!

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      Black_Eagle_Martial_Arts 5 years ago

      Avoid Leprechaun In The Hood though, for the sake of the children and your time!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice to see this lens featured on the front page of Squidoo. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      kaposzta 5 years ago

      A great looking lens! :)

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      I didn't know there were that many Leprechaun movies. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Congrats on the award and it is now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses, well done.

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      I didn't realize there were so many

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      distancelearningcourses 6 years ago

      Hi Brenda, thanks for writing such a nice lens. Its great that you have been rewarded Best Lens Of The Day. Do you have idea on what criteria SQUIDOO choosing best lens of the day.. if you have any idea then please let me know...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I've added to my favs, thanks.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Excellent recommendation!

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      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

      I'm afraid I can't think of a movie to recommend, but I like this lens. Congrats on LotD, see you around the galaxy...

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      Trendblazers 6 years ago

      lovely lens. It seems you don't need the luck of the Irish when your work is as good as this!

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      greencurator 6 years ago

      Leprechaun opens the gateway to the positive side of our imagination. I would like to check out your leprechaun movie recommendations. Thanks for sharing.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Congratulations on the lens of the day and thank you for this helpful list!

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      Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      My dad's heavy metal band in the 1980s was called Irish.

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      Cath1125 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, great lense, I am a little embarrassed to say I am Irish and I only heard of a few of them. Slap on the Wrist for me, but kudo's to you. Well done.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD....could've been just before St. Pat's...but right after is okay too I guess.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Very well done! I haven't seen any of these movies. I will have to check them out!

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      erik12 6 years ago

      Great

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Congrats, great LOTD, lot of info and great presentationRegards

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      You have listed all of the Leprechaun movies I know of. Congrats on LOTD!

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Well done for getting lens of the day really good lens

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Some of these sound like fun. Congratulations on getting LOTD for it!

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I am so happy to see Darby O'Gill and the Little People on your list. One of my favorite childhood movies.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Gosh.. I don't know.. hummm

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens - congrats on the LotD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello again Brenda, had to return to leave my congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Another "Lens of the Day" for you. Hooray! Congratulations!

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      ramonabeckbritman 6 years ago

      Cool, To bad Leprechaun day is over. Nice Lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Like This.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Finian's rainbow was really good!! Congrats on LOTD!! Joni

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!! =)

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Great movie selections. And congrats on LOTD.

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      Darby O'Gill and the Little People was a favorite growing up. I insisted my parents rent it at the video store at least a half dozen times per year. I don't know why they didn't just buy me a copy. =0)

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Hi Brenda! Congratulations on your LOTD! I was smiling as I went through this lens. I never knew there were so many movies out there on the lepechaun theme. What a wonderful collection you've put together. Good work on the research and putting it all together in a fun lens. :) Kath

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      My favorite of these is Darby O'Gill ... loved that show as a kid. Kids in my family just don't find it as entertaining. It's a nice story, but they like the high tech stories that aren't so great better.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your St Patrick's LOTD -- I didn't know there were so many fun Leprechaun movies. One I have fond memories of (it's an oldie) is Finian's Rainbow.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I remember Finian's Rainbow, loved that movie. I also agree Amazon has a great selection of movies, much better than any store.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice job with lotd!LOVED your lensVERY UNIQUE

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is an excellent lens, one I'm favoriting. I love Darby O'Gill and the Little People the best of the ones you've mentioned. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      As I recall, I loved Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Congrats on your LotD. Very nice lens.

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      Diana Romaxx 6 years ago from Chicago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Stonecutter 6 years ago

      Wow, I remember watching "Darby O'Gill and the Little People", really enjoyed it and this Lens as well.

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      CandleMakingology 6 years ago

      Ha I love Darby Ogill and the Little People, glad you mentioned it. You're right though, small kids won't like the banshee scene :-/

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      Sheryl Polomka 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens - congrats on LOTD!

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! Yesterday the best of Squidoo list, today LOTD! Congratulations, Brenda! Way to go!

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice work, congrats on LOTD

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      They all sound terrific and you are such a great movie expert ... I loved Roan Inish. Congrats on a wonderful LOTD. I'm 'rolling to mine ... fun for everyone!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      super len, congration.

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      Vinduespudser 6 years ago

      That's a lot of Leprechaun movies

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Fantastic selection of movies. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! interesting that there are Leprechaun movies...

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      PiLemma 6 years ago

      Good list.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations!

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      religions7 6 years ago

      Congrats on another LOTD :)

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations Treasures-By-Brenda on LOTD! :)

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      wow! that's so cool :) something i would never have thought of!

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      great layoutcongrats on being the lens of the day

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      It is nice to know there are leprechaun movies that aren't horror films!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never knew there were so many leprechaun movies. Next March 17, I plan to have a leprechaun film festival with my three grandkids! Thanks for all of this great information!