The film, “Hard Day’s Night starring The Beatles was released 50 years ago this week. It was anticipated to be big and it was. Beatlemania had set in. It was The Beatles first of what could be called five movies:
- HARD DAY’S NIGHT 1964
- HELP! 1965
- MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR 1967
- YELLOW SUBMARINE 1968
- LET IT BE 1969
Hard Days Night established The Beatles as movie stars. They weren’t actors but they were probably more well know to their fans than the biggest movie stars of all including Elvis.
The film was based on comedy. At first, I thought it was stupid and that they might be making a mistake. But, I have to admit the more I got into Hard Days Night the more I liked the movie.
John Lennon wanted Richard Lester to produce it because all of the boys liked Peter Sellers and Lester had produced a short film starring Sellers.
They made the right choice; Lester was innovative with his camera shots. The movie received high praise and recognition although none of the songs were Oscar nominated, which is hard to believe.
Pattie Boyd who later marries George is in a scene with him.
John Lennon, as well as all of The Beatles, was a comedian at heart. George would mention that everybody from Liverpool thought they were comedians. The Beatles loved making jokes and fooling around and that is what the movie is about – nothing serious.
John didn’t like it when people compared the group to the Marx Brothers, but that just proves how quickly and big they rose as movie stars.
Considering that the following songs were in it:
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- This Boy
- She Loves You
- I Should Have Known Better
It’s hard to believe that none of The Beatles songs were nominated for an Oscar.
It’s a fun movie you should see on the big screen while it is playing somewhere. I am trying to book any Beatle movies I can for our Beatles Week August 5, 6 and 7 a week before our “Relive The Beatles 50th Year Concert” on September 13th at The Benedum Center.
Have you seen any of The Beatles movies? What is your favorite?