The Beatles filmed the opening sequence for A Hard Day’s Night on 5 April 1964 at London’s Marylebone Station.
The station was closed to the public on Sundays, allowing The Beatles to film the necessary scenes without interruption. A scene at Boston Place was also filmed, with the group running towards the camera while being chased by fans.
Filming at the station took place over two consecutive Sundays. On this first day, over a hundred fans were filmed chasing after The Beatles. The extras were paid £7 10s. On the second Sunday The Beatles acted in the empty station without the crowds.
Last updated: 1 April 2019
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- 1970: Ringo Starr is interviewed for the BBC’s Scene And Heard
- 1967: Paul McCartney visits Jane Asher in Denver
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1963: The Beatles receive their first silver disc
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1946: Jane Asher is born
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My father worked at Marylebone Station and we were allowed on to the platform to watch filming. It was very cold day and while we were watching Norman Rossington invited us onto the train to join him in his carriage. He was charming. While we were there the Beatles ran up the corridor of the train past us and John Lennon looked in and said ‘hello’. My Dad was my hero that day!!