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.
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 postbox 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 outside 40 Winchester Road in St Margaret’s. In 1965 this was a sweet shop called The Tuck Shop, but has since been converted to 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.
Also on this day...
- 2020: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Little Richard
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza, Brazil
- 2011: Paul McCartney live: Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru
- 1969: Paul McCartney performs on Steve Miller’s My Dark Hour
- 1969: Mixing: Get Back album inserts
- 1969: UK album release: Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1969: UK album release: Electronic Sound by George Harrison
- 1967: Recording: Untitled
- 1966: Recording: For No One
- 1965: The Beatles watch Bob Dylan perform in London
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1962: George Martin offers The Beatles a recording contract
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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