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Encyclopedia > A Hard Day's Night (film)
A Hard Day's Night
Directed by Richard Lester
Produced by Walter Shenson
Written by Alun Owen
Starring John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Music by John Lennon &
Paul McCartney

George Harrison (song "Don't Bother Me")

George Martin (incidental music) (uncredited)
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) July 6, 1964 (UK release)

August 11 1964 (US release) Image File history File links A_Hard_Days_night_movieposter. ... Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... Alun Owen (November 24, 1925 – December 6, 1994) was a British screenwriter, predominantly active in television but best remembered by a wider audience for writing the screenplay of The Beatles debut feature film A Hard Days Night in 1964. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943[1][2] – 29 November 2001[3]) was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles. ... Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ... Gil Taylor (born 12 April 1914) in Bushey Heath, England, is a cinematographer. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Running time 87 min.
Language English
Followed by Help!
IMDb profile

A Hard Day's Night (1964) is a British comedy film originally released by United Artists, written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. The director was Richard Lester, the producer Walter Shenson and the director of photography Gilbert Taylor. The main camera operator was Derek Browne.Other operators were Paul Wilson, Jack Atchellor, Val Stewart and Austin Dempster. Gil Taylor and Derek Browne were the only two camera people credited.Focus pullers (men that focused the camera)were Freddie Cooper and Roy Ford. In addition to the Beatles, cast members included Wilfrid Brambell as Paul's grandfather, who was billed as "also starring" after the main title, Norman Rossington as their manager, John Junkin as "Shake," Lionel Blair as a featured dancer, Victor Spinetti as the television director and in cameos David Langton, John Bluthal as a car thief and Derek Nimmo in an uncredited role as Leslie Jackson (a magician). The album A Hard Day's Night was the Beatles' first soundtrack album. The film premiered on July 6, 1964. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Help! is the title of a 1965 film starring the Beatles and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal and Roy Kinnear. ... // Events January 29 - The film Dr. Strangelove is released. ... Comedy film is a film genre designed to be humorous. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... Alun Owen (November 24, 1925 – December 6, 1994) was a British screenwriter, predominantly active in television but best remembered by a wider audience for writing the screenplay of The Beatles debut feature film A Hard Days Night in 1964. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ... Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... Gil Taylor (born 12 April 1914) in Bushey Heath, England, is a cinematographer. ... Wilfrid Brambell (March 22, 1912 - January 18, 1985) was an Irish film and television actor, born in Dublin, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. ... Norman Rossington (24 December 1928 – 21 May 1999) was an English actor best remembered for his roles in The Army Game and the Carry On films. ... John Francis Junkin (January 29, 1930, Ealing, London - March 7, 2006, Aylesbury) was a British radio, television and film performer and scriptwriter. ... Lionel Blair (born Lionel Ogus on 12 December 1931 in Montreal, Canada) is a British actor, choreographer, tap dancer and television presenter. ... Victor Spinetti is a Welsh comic actor. ... David Langton (born 16 April 1912, died 25 April 1994) is a British actor. ... John Bluthal (born 1929) is a film and television actor, mostly in comedy. ... Derek Robert Nimmo (September 19, 1930 - February 24, 1999) was a British character actor, particularly associated with upper-class silly-ass roles. ... A Hard Days Night by the Beatles (side 1) - Parlophone yellow and black label A Hard Days Night is the third album by The Beatles, released in the UK on 10 July 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name. ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...

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Background

The film was shot for United Artists using a cinéma vérité style in black and white and produced over a period of 16 weeks in the spring of 1964. Black and white was chosen for its lower cost, and the short time frame for filming was thought necessary because the studio was convinced that Beatlemania would not last beyond the summer of 1964. (Their primary interest in making the movie, in fact, was the potential sales from licensing a soundtrack album.) The film also used the innovative technique of cutting the images to the beat of the music, and because of this many see the film as playing a major role in development of modern music videos, especially the Can't Buy Me Love segment, which featured creative camera work and the band running and jumping around in a field. The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... This article is about filmmaking. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Film editing is the connecting of one or more shots to form a sequence, and the subsequent connecting of sequences to form an entire movie. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Cant Buy Me Love is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and released by The Beatles on the A side of their fifth British single, Cant Buy Me Love/You Cant Do That. ...


The film's director, Richard Lester, subsequently directed the Beatles' 1965 film, Help!. He went on to direct several popular motion pictures of the 1970s and 1980s, including The Three Musketeers and Superman II. Richard Lester (born January 19, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a UK based film director famous for his work with The Beatles. ... Help! is the title of a 1965 film starring the Beatles and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal and Roy Kinnear. ... The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. ... Superman II is the 1980 sequel to the 1978 feature film Superman. ...


Wilfrid Brambell, who played Paul McCartney's grandfather, was already well-known to British audiences as the co-star of the 1960s/1970s British TV sitcom Steptoe & Son - a show upon which the 1970s American TV sitcom Sanford & Son was based. Steptoe and Son was a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ... Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford. ...


Plot

Screenwriter Alun Owen was chosen because the Beatles were familiar with his play No Trams to Lime Street and Owen had a knack for Liverpudlian dialogue. Alun Owen (November 24, 1925 – December 6, 1994) was a British screenwriter, predominantly active in television but best remembered by a wider audience for writing the screenplay of The Beatles debut feature film A Hard Days Night in 1964. ... No Trams to Lime Street is a 1959 British television play, written by the Welsh playwright Alun Owen for the Armchair Theatre anthology strand. ... Note: This page or section contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ...


The film chronicles in a mock documentary-style the Beatles arriving at a theatre, rehearsing, and finally performing in a television special. Owen spent several days with the group, who told him their lives were like "a room and a car and a room and a car and a room and car". He realized that by 1964 the Beatles were prisoners of their own fame, and their schedule of performances and studio work by that time was extremely punishing; he wrote this into the script. The character of Paul's grandfather refers to this, saying, "I was supposed to be getting a change of scenery, and so far I've been in a train and a room, and a car and a room, and a room and a room." Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The film is one of the best depictions of Beatlemania. In various places, the Beatles comment cheekily on their own fame: for instance, at one point a fan recognises John Lennon as himself; he demurs, saying his face isn't quite right. The fan eventually agrees. The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Reception

Paul McCartney and John Lennon on the set of A Hard Day's Night.

New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther noted the film is also a subtle satire on the image of rock-and-roll music (and the Beatles in particular) as a source of youth rebellion and defiance of authority. In the film, the Beatles are portrayed as likeable young lads who are constantly amazed at the attention they receive and who want nothing more than run around and have a good time; however, they have to deal with screaming crowds, journalists who ask nonsense questions, and authority figures who constantly look down upon them. The biggest troublemaker in the film is an elderly senior citizen, Paul McCartney's "clean" grandfather (played by Wilfrid Brambell). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 402 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (696 × 1038 pixel, file size: 487 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 402 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (696 × 1038 pixel, file size: 487 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Bosley Crowther (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American film critic. ... Rock and Roll (also known as Rock n Roll), is a genre of music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and became popular in the early 1950s, and quickly spread to the rest of the world. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Wilfrid Brambell (March 22, 1912 - January 18, 1985) was an Irish film and television actor, born in Dublin, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. ...


According to Roy Carr’s Beatles at the Movies, most reviews were largely positive. One oft-quoted assessment was provided by New York’s Village Voice, which labelled A Hard Day’s Night “the Citizen Kane of juke box musicals.” Time Magazine also called the film “One of the smoothest, freshest, funniest films ever made for purposes of exploitation.” The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


After six weeks the film had grossed $5.8 million in rentals. In fact, before the film’s official release, advance sales of the print and accompanying soundtrack had already more than recouped the £200,000 budget.


Numerous musicians have credited the film with inspiring their permanent dedication to the world of rock-and-roll. David Crosby admits, “I came out [of the theater] and swung around a post arm’s length going ‘Yes!’ I went into that movie and came out knowing what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.” A similar impact was to be had many years later on the Ramones. In the United States, the film’s visuals and storyline are credited with inspiring a television series based around the prefab four, the Monkees. David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ...


Film critic Roger Ebert cites the film as one of the "Top Films of All Time". Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


In 2004 the magazine Total Film named A Hard Day's Night the 42nd greatest British film of all time. In 2005, Time.com named it one of the 100 best films of the last 80 years. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It is currently ranked the fifth greatest film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Title inspired by Ringo-ism

The movie's strange title originated from something said by Ringo Starr, the Beatles' drummer. Starr described it this way in an interview with disc jockey Dave Hull in 1964: "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, 'It's been a hard day...' and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, '...night!' So we came to 'A Hard Day's Night.'" Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English musician, singer and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Dave Hull, aka The Hullaballoer, is a legendary Los Angeles Boss Radio radio personality voted one of the top ten LA radio personalities of all time. ...


According to Lennon in a 1980 interview with Playboy magazine: "I was going home in the car and Dick Lester [director of the movie] suggested the title, 'Hard Day's Night' from something Ringo had said. I had used it in 'In His Own Write' [a book Lennon was writing then], but it was an off-the-cuff remark by Ringo. You know, one of those malapropisms. A Ringo-ism, where he said it not to be funny... just said it. So Dick Lester said, 'We are going to use that title.'" Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Playboy is an American Mens magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... In His Own Write is a book from 1964 by John Lennon. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or examples of poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ...

A screenshot of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on the set. They married in 1966.
A screenshot of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on the set. They married in 1966.

In a 1994 interview for The Beatles Anthology, however, McCartney disagreed with Lennon's recollections, recalling that it was the Beatles, and not Lester, who had come up with the idea of using Starr's verbal misstep: "The title was Ringo's. We'd almost finished making the film, and this fun bit arrived that we'd not known about before, which was naming the film. So we were sitting around at Twickenham studios having a little brain-storming session... and we said, 'Well, there was something Ringo said the other day.' Ringo would do these little malapropisms, he would say things slightly wrong, like people do, but his were always wonderful, very lyrical... they were sort of magic even though he was just getting it wrong. And he said after a concert, 'Phew, it's been a hard day's night.'" Image File history File links Screenshot from A Hard Days Night. ... Image File history File links Screenshot from A Hard Days Night. ... George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in A Hard Days Night Patricia Anne Pattie Boyd (sometimes known as Pattie Boyd-Harrison or Pattie Clapton) (born 17 March 1944 in Taunton, Somerset, England), model and photographer, is best known as the wife of two famous rock musicians and the inspiration for... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...


In 1996, yet another version of events appeared — In an Associated Press report, Walter Shenson, who produced the film, said that Lennon described to Shenson some of Starr's funnier gaffes, including "a hard day's night", whereupon Shenson immediately decided that that was going to be the title of the movie (the originally planned title was Beatlemania). Shenson then told Lennon that he needed a theme song for the film. That song, also titled "A Hard Day's Night", became a huge hit. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... A Hard Days Night is a 1964 hit song written by John Lennon and credited (as were all their songs) to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by English band The Beatles and produced by George Martin. ...


Songs in "A Hard Day's Night"

A Hard Day's Night
A Hard Day's Night

"I'll Cry Instead" was intended for the film but was cut. It appeared in a prologue for a 1980s reissue by Universal Pictures. "You Can't Do That" was actually filmed as part of the concert, but was cut from the film's final version. The footage can be seen on the documentary The Making of "A Hard Day's Night". Cover of The Beatles album A Hard Days Night. ... Cover of The Beatles album A Hard Days Night. ... Ill Cry Instead is a song by The Beatles from their album A Hard Days Night. ... A Hard Days Night is a 1964 hit song written by John Lennon and credited (as were all their songs) to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by English band The Beatles and produced by George Martin. ... For the Jim Diamond song, see I Should Have Known Better (Jim Diamond song) I Should Have Known Better is a John Lennon composition credited to Lennon & McCartney, and recorded by The Beatles for the soundtrack to their film A Hard Days Night. I Should Have Known Better is... Cant Buy Me Love is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and released by The Beatles on the A side of their fifth British single, Cant Buy Me Love/You Cant Do That. ... If I Fell is a song by the Beatles which first appeared on the 1964 album A Hard Days Night. ... And I Love Her is a song by The Beatles and is the fifth track on their third album, A Hard Days Night. ... Im Happy Just to Dance With You is a song by the Beatles on A Hard Days Night. ... This Boy is a song by the UK rock band The Beatles. ... Tell Me Why is a song by The Beatles from their album A Hard Days Night. ... Dont Bother Me was the first song George Harrison ever wrote. ... I Wanna Be Your Man is a song by The Beatles from the album With the Beatles, sung by Ringo Starr. ... All My Loving is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon-McCartney, from the 1963 album With the Beatles. ... She Loves You is a hit song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, originally recorded by the The Beatles for release as a single in 1963. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ...


Locations

Marylebone station or London Marylebone station is a National Rail and London Underground station in central London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a heritage railway that runs along the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, England, between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet. ...

Academy Awards

Award Person
Nominated:
Best Score George Martin
Best Screenplay Alun Owen

Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ... // The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Alun Owen (November 24, 1925 – December 6, 1994) was a British screenwriter, predominantly active in television but best remembered by a wider audience for writing the screenplay of The Beatles debut feature film A Hard Days Night in 1964. ...

Extracts from the film

The Beatles' Extracts From The Film A Hard Day's Night EP was released November 6, 1964 it consisted of :

  • Side A: 1) I Should Have Known Better 2) If I Fell
  • Side B: 1) Tell Me Why 2) And I Love Her

The EP was only released in mono and never released in stereo
Its catalogue number is Parlophone GEP 8920


Trivia

  • One of the dancers prominently featured in the nightclub sequence was the actress Charlotte Rampling making her (uncredited) screen debut.
  • The approximately 300 young fans in the audience of the fictional TV show in the film were all child actors recruited from a stage school. Among them was a child actor who later became famous as a musician - Phil Collins.
  • George Harrison met his first wife Pattie Boyd on the first day of filming. She was already an established model. She had recently appeared in a TV commercial directed by Richard Lester - who cast her in the small part of a schoolgirl on the train.
  • The running joke of Wilfrid Brambell character being "a very clean old man" is in reference to his on-screen son, Harold, in Steptoe and Son constantly referring to his father as "you dirty old man!".
  • During the song "If I Fell", George leans on an AMP only for it to almost topple over. It was an unscripted moment, but left in the final film.
  • In the bathtub scene, the song that John hums is the German national anthem, "Das Lied der Deutschen". He is humming the famous line. "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" which is the song's informal name.
  • References to both Paul's and John's mothers were made in the film, however, both their mothers had already died in real life (Paul's in 1956 of an embolism during breast cancer surgery, and John's in 1958 after being hit by a car driven by an off-duty, drunk police officer).
  • A reference to the drug cocaine is made early in the film by Lennon. While in the train, he is seen pretending to snort an invisible substance off the top of a bottle of coca-cola (coke?)
  • The word 'Beatle' is not spoken during the film, though it does appear on Ringo's drums.

Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer, songwriter, drummer and actor. ... George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in A Hard Days Night Patricia Anne Pattie Boyd (sometimes known as Pattie Boyd-Harrison or Pattie Clapton) (born 17 March 1944 in Taunton, Somerset, England), model and photographer, is best known as the wife of two famous rock musicians and the inspiration for... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Location within England Coordinates: , Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region North West England Ceremonial county Historic county Merseyside Lancashire Admin HQ Liverpool City Centre Founded 1207 City Status 1880 Government  - Type Metropolitan borough, City  - Governing body Liverpool City Council Area  - Borough & City 43. ... Wilfrid Brambell (March 22, 1912 - January 18, 1985) was an Irish film and television actor, born in Dublin, best known for his roles in the British television series Steptoe and Son and The Beatles film A Hard Days Night. ... Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about two rag and bone men living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherds Bush, London. ...

Release history

Criterion CAV Laserdisc release of A Hard Day's Night!

As previously mentioned, A Hard Day's Night was originally released by United Artists. In 1979 (15 years after its original release), the film's ownership was transferred from United Artists to its producer, Walter Shenson. In 1982, Shenson granted rights to Universal Pictures for a theatrical reissue. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 623 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 962 pixel, file size: 863 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 623 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 962 pixel, file size: 863 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ...


Universal added a brief prologue consisting of a montage of photographic stills from the film shoot edited to a soundtrack of the song "I'll Cry Instead", a recording at one point considered for the film (and included on the US soundtrack album) but eventually not used in the film. In 1984, MPI Home Video (under license from Shenson) first released A Hard Day's Night on home video in the VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc formats. MPI Home Video is a company that produces videos of historial movies, rock movies since 1976, and rights to the cult TV serial Dark Shadows on Video since 1989 and on DVD since 2002. ...


The movie was also released by Criterion in both a single-disc CLV and a dual-disc CAV Laserdisc format. The supplemental features section on the CAV edition include the original theatrical trailer, an interview with Richard Lester and Richard Lester's Running Jumping Standing Still Film.


In 1993, Voyager Company produced a Mac format CD-Rom with most of Criterion's elements, including the original script. It was briefly issued by MPI on DVD without any additional content.


In 2000, Miramax Films reissued the film theatrically in the U.S., and on a collector's edition DVD 2 years later, as well as its final issue in the VHS format. The film had been transferred from the restored 35mm negative and presented in 1.66:1 Widescreen. (As the movie was originally filmed in Academy 1.37:1, the image was cropped slightly for the 2002 DVD release). The film's full-screen image was retained for the VHS release, however. Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ...


In addition to the original film, the DVD edition contained a bonus disc with over 7 hours of additional materials including interviews with 29 cast and crew members and Beatles associates. The DVD was produced by Beatles historian and producer Martin Lewis, a longtime friend of the film's producer Walter Shenson. Martin Lewis. ...

Inside of the Gatefold Cover of A Hard Day's Night! Criterion Laserdisc

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40th anniversary cast and crew reunion screening

On 6 July 2004 - the 40th anniversary of the film's world premiere - a private cast and crew reunion screening was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by McCartney, actors Victor Spinetti, John Junkin, David Janson and many crew members. In media interviews at the event, McCartney disclosed that while he had seen the film many times on video, he had not seen the film on the 'big screen' since its 1964 premiere. Victor Spinetti is a Welsh comic actor. ... John Francis Junkin (January 29, 1930, Ealing, London - March 7, 2006, Aylesbury) was a British radio, television and film performer and scriptwriter. ... David Janson (born 30 March 1950 in London) is an English actor who replaced Richard Gibson as the Gestapo officer Herr Otto Flick in the BBC sitcom Allo Allo! in its final 1992 series. ...


External links

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