Beatles A Day in the Life Blog posts of '1964' 'April'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 10, 1964 (Friday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

Back to base for the "production office" sequence.

An LP, The Beatles 2nd album is released in the US.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 9, 1964 (Thursday)

River Thames Towpath, Kew, Surrey

The shooting of Ringo's solo sequence resumed this day with his riverside scene, filmed on the Thames towpath and embankment south of the river and just west of Kew Bridge. The other Beatles were not involved.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 8, 1964 (Wednesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham

Shooting resumed at Twickenham today did not require the Beatles, the movie's Strauss operetta scene being filmed.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 7, 1964 (Tuesday)

Filming resumed today with the Beatles filming at Twickenham Film Studios

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 6, 1964 (Monday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

Two days filming at Twickenham. This morning, the Beatles shot the "make-up room" sequence, in the afternoon and all day Tuesday the interior "police station" footage. (The exterior police-station sections were filmed on location on April 16.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 5, 1964 (Sunday)

Marylebone Station, Great Central St. London

Working, unusually, on a Sunday, the film crew cme to Marylebone Station this afternoon (and again the following Sunday) to shoot the first sequences for A Hard Day's Night. This usually busy central London terminus was closed to the public on Sundays, so filming could only be done then. By the conclusion of their two Sunday's work, the Beatles had been filmed running across Melcombe Place and into the station, using its public telephones and a photo booth, leaping over a hoarding. Paul sitting in disquise on a concourse bench with his "grandfather" Wilfrid Brambell, and the group running down the length of platform one and jumping onto an already-moving train. (From here, the film cut to the footage shot between March 2nd and 9th). All this time, the group were being cased by more than one hundred screaming fans.

While at Marylebone, John, George and Ringo were also filmed in the station's adjacent street, Boston Place, running towards the camera and being chased by the same frenzied fans. This sequence was used at the very beginning of the film, under the titles.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 4, 1964 (Saturday)

The Beatles took a rest today

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 3, 1964 (Friday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

Among the action filmed this day at Twickenham was a trailer for the film, a bizarre sequence in which John/George and Ringo/Paul sat in two adjacent baby prams, their legs dangling over the sides. John typed, Paul spoke, George mumbled and Ringo twice answered a telephone saying "It's for you, John," to which John twice replied, "Don't be soft." Quite how this promoted A Hard Day's Night seems unclear, but it was distributed to cinemas nonetheless.

The Beatles also filmed an unusual engagement with Tyne Tees Television, the ITV franchise for north-east England. Viewers of the area's weekly movie programme Star Parade had been invited to send in questions for the Beatles, and the best of these were put to the group by the programme's presenter Adrian Cairns this day at Twickenham. All four Beatles participated, giving their answers straight to camera, then - back in Newcastle - Tyne Tees later filmed the questioners (girls) posing their questions, again straight to camera, and the two sets of footage were edited together into a Q&A format. But the lack of genuine inter-play, the clearly different settings and the uncomfortable straight-to-camera scenario also resulted in a somewhat stiff six minute outcome which,ltogether with a brief interview the Beatles gave to Adrian Cairns, was transmitted to Star Parade on Thursday, April 9th, 10:10 to 10:40 pm.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 2, 1964 (Thursday)

Scala Theatre, London

More shooting at the Scala. The Beatles filmed the "press party" sequence, written by Alun Owen as an approximate re-creation of a reception the Beatles had attended at the British Embassy in Washington DC (after their February 11th concert at the Coliseum), in which they had grown irritated by the condescending and rude line of questioning and had then walked out after someone, without warning, produced a pair of scissors and cut off a lock of Ringo's hair.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life : April 1, 1964 (Wednesday)

The Beatles broke up today.