The thing about 'A Hard Day's Night' is that it wasn't anything like 'The Girl Can't Help It', a music film which the Beatles loved, in that film, a buxom Jayne Mansfield was being pushed by her Mobster boyfriend (Edmond O'Brien) to be a singing star despite the fact that she couldn't sing and didn't have any interest in being a star. During the course of the movie, every American Rock & Roll Idol of the Beatles performed, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, just about everybody except Elvis was in it. While it served to spur the young Beatles on, the movie itself was an exploitation of what they thought was a fad at the time.
|"This bloke's in my spot!"|
|"Can we have our ball back?!"|
The role that is probably best remembered in 'A Hard Day's Night' is that of Victor Spinetti as the frantic T.V. Director who is desperately trying to get the Beatles to rehearse for their television concert. Spinetti would go on to become extremely good friends with the Beatles, John Lennon in particular, and star in their next feature film and their TV film.
|Between takes of the "If I Fell" scene.|
Ringo also came in for a round of praise for his solo scenes down by the river with child actor David Janson, who grew up to inherit the role of Herr Flick from Richard Gibson in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!
|A rare colour photograph of Ringo during his "Parading" scene.|
Sadly, only a handful of the cast are still alive. John Lennon, George Harrison, Wilfred Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, Victor Spinetti, Richard Vernon, Edward Malin, Derek Guyler and Robin Ray are all no longer with us.
A Hard Day's Night was brilliant, funny and it captured the Beatles at a time when everything was still somewhat fun in their lives. Every time I see it playing on the telly i think to myself; "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
|One of the deleted scenes.|
|And it's goodnight from them....|
John Lennon - "John"
Paul McCartney - "Paul"
George Harrison - "George"
Richard Starkey - "Ringo"
Wilfred Brambell - "Paul's Grandfather"
Norman Rossington - "Norm"
John Junkin - "Shake"
Victor Spinetti - "T.V. Director"
Anna Quayle - "Millie"
Derek Guyler - "Police Inspector"
Richard Vernon - "Man on Train"
David Janson - "Charlie - Young boy Ringo befriends"
Edward Malin - "Hotel Waiter"
Lionel Blair - "T.V. Choreographer"
Robin Ray - "T.V. Floor Manager"
Alison Seebohm - "Secretary"
|From L-R: John Lennon, George Harrison, Wilfred Brambell, Norman Rossington, John Junkin, Victor Spinetti, Richard Vernon, Robin Ray, Edward Malin & Derek Guyler.|