A Hard Day's Night (1964)

85 mins | Comedy | 1964

Director:

Richard Lester

Writer:

Alun Owen

Producer:

Walter Shenson

Cinematographer:

Gilbert Taylor

Production Designer:

Ray Simm

Production Company:

Proscenium Films
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HISTORY

Copyright length: 90 min. Location scenes filmed in London. The working title of this film is The Beatles. Opened in London in Jul 1964. ...

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Copyright length: 90 min. Location scenes filmed in London. The working title of this film is The Beatles. Opened in London in Jul 1964.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Beatles' ward
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Title des
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Hard Day's Night," "I Should Have Known Better," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "All My Loving," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You," "This Boy," "Tell Me Why" and "She Loves You," words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; "Don't Bother Me," words and music by George Harrison.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Beatles
Release Date:
1964
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 11 Aug 1964
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Proscenium Films
6 July 1964
LP28626
Duration(in mins):
85
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Pursued by their zealous teenaged fans, the Beatles--Paul, John, George, and Ringo--board a London-bound train to do a television program. They are accompanied by their manager, Norm, his assistant, Shake, and Paul's cantankerous and meddlesome grandfather, whose only attribute seems to be that he is "a clean old man." On the first evening in London, after visiting a twist club, the Beatles discover that Grandfather has bribed a butler out of his dress clothes and gone to a gambling club. There they find him making quite an impression on a good-looking young woman, and despite his protests they take him back to the hotel. At the television studio on the following day, production delays enable the Beatles to wander about, and consequently they become involved in minor incidents, much to the disgruntlement of the director. Grandfather, who has been badgering Ringo about his status in the group, finally succeeds in provoking the drummer to strike out on his own. The Beatles and their managers begin to search for the missing Ringo, but Grandfather finds him in a police station and runs to tell the others. They rescue Ringo and after a wild chase return to the studio just in time for the performance. At the end of the final number, Grandfather rises through the stage floor on an elevator. The Beatles board a helicopter for their next ...

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Pursued by their zealous teenaged fans, the Beatles--Paul, John, George, and Ringo--board a London-bound train to do a television program. They are accompanied by their manager, Norm, his assistant, Shake, and Paul's cantankerous and meddlesome grandfather, whose only attribute seems to be that he is "a clean old man." On the first evening in London, after visiting a twist club, the Beatles discover that Grandfather has bribed a butler out of his dress clothes and gone to a gambling club. There they find him making quite an impression on a good-looking young woman, and despite his protests they take him back to the hotel. At the television studio on the following day, production delays enable the Beatles to wander about, and consequently they become involved in minor incidents, much to the disgruntlement of the director. Grandfather, who has been badgering Ringo about his status in the group, finally succeeds in provoking the drummer to strike out on his own. The Beatles and their managers begin to search for the missing Ringo, but Grandfather finds him in a police station and runs to tell the others. They rescue Ringo and after a wild chase return to the studio just in time for the performance. At the end of the final number, Grandfather rises through the stage floor on an elevator. The Beatles board a helicopter for their next appearance.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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