John Lennon films a sequence for Not Only… But Also

John Lennon filmed a second appearance on the comedy television show Not Only… But Also on this day.

Lennon played the role of Dan, a doorman at the fictional nightclub Ad Lav. The name was a spoof on the Ad Lib Club, a venue often frequented by The Beatles and other leading showbusiness personalities of the mid-1960s. Dan the doorman

Lennon wore a uniform complete with top hat and gloves, and for perhaps the first time in public wore the wire-framed granny glasses that would soon become his trademark.

The 51-second sketch was filmed early in the morning on London’s Broadwick Street, beside the entrance to the underground men’s toilet on the corner of Hopkins Street. It also featured Peter Cook as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The edition of Not Only… But Also featuring the sketch was first shown on BBC One on 26 December 1966 at 9pm.

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One response on “John Lennon films a sequence for Not Only… But Also

  1. Joseph Brush

    The first time that I rememeber John being photographed wearing his National Health glasses (or granny glasses) in 1966 was after he received his hair cut before filming began for How I Won The War (in which he also wore his glasses).

    What were those glasses he wore sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a beard in the airport scene in Help!?

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