Filming: Help!

The Beatles filmed a number of scenes for Help! on this day, in London and St Margaret’s, Twickenham.

Sunday was the quietest day of the week in the 1960s, partly due to weekend trading laws which meant many shops and businesses were closed. As such it was an ideal time for The Beatles to film in the capital.

The day’s first scene was in New Bond Street, London, where the group walked past jeweller’s shop Watches Of Switzerland, before running into luxury goldsmith Asprey, situated across the road at numbers 165-169.

Afterwards they filmed the exterior of the Rajahama Indian restaurant – the interior scenes had been shot at Twickenham Film Studios on 5 and 6 April.

John Lennon and Ringo Starr were then taken to St Margaret’s, where they were filmed walking on South Western Road. Starr posted a letter, unaware that the letterbox contained a villain keen to prise the ring from his finger. The box was positioned by the garage door of 1 South Western Road.

Starr then filmed a solo scene at 42 Winchester Road in St Margaret’s. At the time this was a grocery store, but has since been converted into a private residence.

The scene was ‘attempt number three’ to extract the ring. Starr was filmed checking his weight, and almost getting his finger chopped off while waiting for the results to be printed.

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