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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 25, 1965 (Thursday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

Sequences filmed included the interior temple sequences (set in the Bahamas section of the film), including a part where John, Paul and George dive through a hollow sacrificial alter and into water (surfacing at the Nassau Beach Hotel)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 24, 1965 (Wednesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

At last, shooting began on home territory, Twickenham Film Studios in the west of London suburb of St. Margaret's, where A Hard Day's Night had been shot at the same time in 1964. Working a similar schedule - something like 8:30 am - 5:30 pm daily, the Beatles filmed here and on location until Sunday, May 9th. Including the Bahamanian and Austrian sections, but discounting occasional days off, this second Beatles film was shot in 11 weeks, three more than A Hard Day's Night.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 23, 1965 (Tuesday)

The Beatles took a break from filming today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 22, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles left Obertauern today and flew back to London from Salzburg, arriving in the early evening.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 21, 1965 (Sunday)

Although the Beatles stayed behind, the film unit left Obertauern on the 21st, shooting a scene at Radstadt station with the "doubles" and another in a tunnel en route to Salzburg, where they stayed for the night.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 20, 1965 (Saturday)

Today was the last day of shooting, with the Beatles and their "doubles" back out on the slopes, miming to part of "Ticket To Ride" and generally being silly. The filming was then completed with an outdoor restaurant sequence involving Ringo and his "double" (not in the finished film).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 19, 1965 (Friday)

Pick-up shots were filmed on a terrace and in the snow today. (It's been a long week)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 18, 1965 (Thursday)

Today was another busy day, filming at an Olympic jump location, on the mountainside and in an apres-ski cellar.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 17, 1965 (Wednesday)

Today the Beatles filmed a sequence at the curling rink and then ended the day by filming by some bushes. It was on this day that the film's title was announced as "Eight Arms To Hold You" and so it would remain for almost another month.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 16, 1965 (Tuesday)

Today the ski-lift sequence was completed.

Meanwhile.....The #1 song in the US on March 16, 1965 is Eight Days a Week