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A Hard Day's Night
16 July 2019
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Believe it not, there is a very obvious drug reference in the movie, A Hard Days Night when they are in the train and he is snorting coke from a Pepsi Bottle.

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I’ve forced my family to watch, I mean, my family and I have watched AHDN more times than I can really count, so my father and I decided that we would try to recite the whole movie line by line and see how long we could go without messing up a single word. We got all the way to the but where the grandfather was forging the autographs underneath the stage before getting distracted and eventually dropping the game. I must admit, it was a lot of fun, especially since we did the whole thing in mock Liverpool accents that were quite rubbish, actually.

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@ThatWeirdBeatlesGirl: that sounds like fun. I watched this again the other night and still laugh,even though I've seen it a million times.I like when George has to talk to the guy about the shirts, funny stuff

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I don’t think I’m quite at that level yet, I have a terrible memory for such things. But I shall keep trying! john-lennon-salute_gif

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That's pretty epic, TWBG. john-lennon-salute_gif I could probably manage it, I have a good memory for recitation and such. I also like to think I can do a decent Scouse, although I'm probably wrong. a-hard-days-night-john-6 But I don't have A Hard Day's Night handy to watch over and over enough times to memorise it, plus I'm busy using my brain to learn French right now. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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An actual color still from the United Artists' press kit for A.H.D.N.60857902_111915780038718_7785067766658105344_n.jpgImage Enlarger

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Are you sure that's an actual color still? I don't have any proof either way but it looks like a colorized still to me.

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I have to agree with DO.  It could be real, but it looks awfully colorized to me.

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It strikes me how often the view of the boys in this film is obscured or re-framed - often we're seeing them on television monitors, or in photographic images, or through panes of glass or metallic bars. Not to mention that all four have a mirror scene, John is submerged in water once, and we even see them through an actual camera's viewfinder once.

I'm not sure if this is intended as a commentary on the Beatles themselves being overshadowed by the image of the Beatles, or if it's thematically important in another way, or just the director and camera crew looking for visual variety, but it's something that I find interesting.

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What about You Can't Do That ? Fast, and Not a repeated song

That is one of my favorite tracks on that album, mr. S. The title of the song would be perfect for a cop chase scene, no? Especially when they show the guy trying to break into a car.

I couldn't find anything funnier than that.

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I'm not sure, but I also seem to remember seeing footage of George being interviewed wherein he said that song was one of his favorites to play live. Maybe you or someone else can shed some light on that.

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I don't know what footage you refer to, but A quick Youtube search didn't reveal the answer. Perhaps you read it in Anthology? (That Reminds me, now that My Brother's on vacation in Greece, I'll have time to finish it this weekend.)

 

I think George mentioned enjoying playing YCDT live in several interviews. Perhaps he had gotten weary of playing She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand for so many months prior to that.

  

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PAUL: Well, don't be daft, I've got to.

GRANDFATHER: And I take a left-handed view of life, I've got to.

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Here's a question about an obscure piece of trivia from A Hard Day's Night . In the train compartment scene, Ringo turns on a transistor radio. We hear a short snippet of instrumental music from a band that sounds very much like the Beatles lineup (2 guitars, bass and drums). We only hear 5 or 6 seconds before the man in the compartment takes it away, saying "And we'll have that in the corridor, as well." My question is: Did the Beatles themselves contribute this little piece of music for that scene. To my ears, it sounds like the Beatles were in the middle of a studio jam session, perhaps improvising. If this was the Beatles, I'd love to hear the entire session. It sounds like it was a fun jam.

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GRANDFATHER: Why do you always use your left hand?

PAUL: Well, don't be daft, I've got to.

GRANDFATHER: And I take a left-handed view of life, I've got to.

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It's a 40 second instrumental featuring Clem Cattini on drums and Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page on guitar.

Here's the unedited song if you're interested:

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Jimmy Page! Yes, he was a studio guitarist as a teenager. Even played on Donovan songs (at least one).

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Here's where @meanmistermustard told us about the train music in 2014 https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....6/#p125395 (and https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....7/#p125396)

Unfortunately, the article he linked to doesn't exist anymore.

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@Cousin Mark,

Going thru 'The Daily Beatle' around the time of that post I have found the entry related to the train music (here) and which links to an article on studiodaily.com on the restoration of 'AHDN ' when re-released in 2014. The section related to the train music is below in case the web page ever dies.  

 

George Martin not only produced The Beatles’ songs, but was also responsible for creating incidental score music, mostly instrumental versions of Beatles songs. While he recorded tracks (such as “This Boy ”) at Abbey Road for inclusion on the accompanying American United Artists soundtrack album over five days in late March and early April (this, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn), Martin re-recorded those four songs at Cine Tele Sound (CTS) Studios on June 8 – and possibly with different musicians.

“I played on ‘This Boy ’ for George at Abbey Road .  I didn’t record at CTS,” recalls legendary session guitarist Vic Flick (famous for his work on the James Bond theme).  Flick’s sessions included drummer Clem Cattini (at that point, fresh from The Tornadoes) and, likely, bassist Alan Weighell, all of whom worked as session players together for Martin through the period.

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Flick and friends do not appear on one cue which has been baffling fans for decades — a brief rock-and-roll clip heard when Ringo flips on a portable radio while riding on a train. “That’s not me,” Flick states. So who is it? Notes Giles Martin, “My instinct says it’s not The Beatles, but more likely the session players my dad would have gotten in for the soundtrack recording.” 

The track is indeed driven by Cattini and likely Weighell, the drummer tells StudioDaily. “That’s definitely me," Cattini says. "The guitars, I think, were ‘Big Jim’ Sullivan and Jimmy Page. They did a lot of the rock stuff together in those days, particularly on these kinds of sessions.”

Bassist Herbie Flowers, who played on many such recordings, though not these, before playing for the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed and, later, George Harrison , conjectures the 37-second cue may have simply been a library track recorded by Martin (or another producer).

“It wasn’t uncommon in those days when, if a session was booked for three hours, and musicians completed their work early, to be asked then to record bits and pieces for use as library tracks,” Flowers explains.  “George Martin would no doubt have done a lot of that type of recording, where publishers ask composers for 12 short tracks. One might be ‘fear’ or ‘motivation’ or ‘mechanical’  or ‘mad rock and roll,’ like that one.  Film companies would snap these things up, because they didn’t have to pay for the recording or any licensing, other than payment to the publisher.”

The four songs were recorded at CTS onto 35mm full-coat magnetic film, and, not long after, transferred to three-track ½-inch tape and provided to United Artists for mixing the soundtrack, says archivist Ron Furmanek, who discovered the tapes while working on a previous restoration of the film. That tape was provided to Martin and Okell for the current restoration. “That actually had the ‘train music’ cue on it, along with another of a tinkling piano, which you hear when Paul McCartney is fiddling around on one in a hotel room,” Furmanek says. Adds Okell, “It’s funny, we had some other version of that train cue on the effects reel, and it was a different track. So they obviously changed their mind about it at some point.”

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Here, for your reading pleasure, is the original script for A Hard Day's Night .

?www.aellea.com/script/AHDN .htm

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GRANDFATHER: Why do you always use your left hand?

PAUL: Well, don't be daft, I've got to.

GRANDFATHER: And I take a left-handed view of life, I've got to.

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Paul's Grandfather is very clean. I loved the film. 

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They Show A Hard Day's Night all the Time On TCM 

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