September 18, 2014

Films

A Hard Day’s Night – 1964 | 87mins | Comedy, Musical | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Dayís Night was rushed into production to take advantage of Beatlemania in 1964. Director Richard Lester and writer Alun Owen capture the Fab Four in celluloid and bring a new mixture of inventiveness and humour to the genre, while the Beatles deliver a number of their classic songs.

A Hard Day’s Night is not only one of the best rock ‘n’ roll films ever made but also among the finest films of 1964, an immensely funny study of 36 hours in the lives of the Beatles. Mobbed by their hysterical fans, John, Paul, George, and Ringo board a train for London, where they are to do a live TV appearance. Norman Rossington and John Junkin are the Beatles’ managers who accompany them on the trip along with McCartney’s grandfather (Wilfred Brambell).

In London, the boys cavort at a swinging night-spot before going in search of grandfather, whom they find chatting up a buxom bird at a casino, and drag him back to the hotel over his angry protests. At the TV studio the next day, TV director (Victor Spinetti) goes crazy because of their improvisations and refusal to conform to his rules during a live TV broadcast. Paulís grandfather convinces Ringo that he is unappreciated by the rest of the group, and advises him to go flaunting himself around London. Ringo puts on a trench coat and wanders around the streets of London alone, closely followed by a policeman, he ends up at a police station from which he is liberated by the other Beatles just in time for their live TV performance.

Production Team

Richard Lester: Director
Ray Simm: Art Direction
Dennis O’Dell: Associate Producer
Gilbert Taylor: Cinematography
Dougie Millings: Costume Design
Julie Harris: Costume Design
John Jympson: Film Editing
Betty Glasow: Makeup Department
John O’Gorman: Makeup Department
John Lennon: Original Music
George Martin: Original Music
Paul McCartney: Original Music
Walter Shenson: Producer
Alun Owen: Script

Cast

John Lennon: John
Paul McCartney: Paul
George Harrison: George
Ringo Starr: Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell: Grandfather
Norman Rossington: Norm
John Junkin: Shake
Victor Spinetti: TV Director
Anna Quayle: Millie
Deryck Guyler: Police Inspector
Robin Ray: TV Floor Manager
Lionel Blair: TV Choreographer



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