The Beatles had filmed scenes at Gatwick Airport for the Can’t Buy Me Love sequence of the A Hard Day’s Night film on 13 March 1964. More footage was needed, however, which was captured on this day.
Filming took place on Thornbury Playing Fields in Isleworth, south London. A fake helipad was constructed, and The Beatles were filmed running around and acting up. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were also filmed jumping from a wooden ladder held in place by an on-set electrician, with the cameraman situated at ground level.
A children’s playground was later built on the spot where the helipad was constructed. The shoot ended at 1pm, but Lennon had to leave early to attend a Foyle’s literary luncheon held in his honour.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
- 2014: Paul McCartney live at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Mixing: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1964: John Lennon attends a Foyle’s literary luncheon
- 1963: Live: Floral Hall, Southport
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Fox And Hounds, Caversham
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