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8 April 2018
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Haha,yeah. Ringo was great in Help . As for the girls who offered McCartney heroin,I agree. Thank God Paul resisted. Was it Mal Evans who saw the whole thing,and claimed it was the most sinister thing he'd ever seen? 

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Was it Mal Evans who saw the whole thing,and claimed it was the most sinister thing he'd ever seen? 

 

It was Richard Lester:

 

The Beatles' first exposure to heroin is believed to have taken place in 1965. While filming Help ! on Huntington Hartford's estate on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, director Richard Lester witnessed two women attempting to introduce Paul McCartney to the drug.

[Lester] accidentally overheard two of the most beautiful women he had ever seen, dressed in identical, stunning black swimsuits, try to coax Paul into taking heroin. The combination of their sexual come-on and the enticement towards hard drugs was one of the most chillingly evil moments Lester has ever encountered … His sense of relief when Paul rebuffed the twosome was profound.
The Man Who Framed the Beatles: A Biography of Richard Lester
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I love Help This dialogue when they enter the temple cracks me up every time:

Paul (to lady scrubbing the floor):  "Hey, do you know Clang?"

Washlady:  "I'm his mother, and he's a good boy!"

 

Other bits that never fail to make me laugh:

The Chief Superintendent at Scotland Yard:  "I believe you ... thousands wouldn't."

The phone gag at Scotland Yard.

George:  "What's your electricity bill like?"  Algernon:  "Sort of a long counterfoil."

Ringo's delayed and outsize reaction to getting the bucket of paint thrown at him at the Beatles' house.

Jeweler:  "Even the Royal House of Hanover had the wheel, sir."

Ringo whines about the great times with his finger.  Paul:  "You're a rat underneath, aren't you?"

The whole running gag about the British underfunding science research, brain drain, etc.

Pretty much everything Victor Spinetti.

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I've mentioned this before on another thread,but the lab scene,where Spinetti says "up,up" and Paul replies "he's calling you,Hubbub",that cracks me up everytime,and the bit where John finds a pair of glasses in his soup,totally nuts john-lennon-salute_gif

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When I saw HELP! in the late summer of 1965, I was expecting something like this experience viewing AHDN less than a year earlier.

https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....1/#p183395

That ADHN Hollywood crowd was so raucous that I remember being surprised when reading in the newspaper that the movie was a comedy (who knew with all the screaming going on). So… when HELP! opened in my hometown in Northern California I invited my younger brother and warned him what to expect from the audience. Unfortunately, we were both disappointed at that aspect of the event. Instead of feeling like experiencing a live happening, it was just like going to a regular movie. The only screams came when the Beatles first appear singing HELP! (with the darts) and when Paul shrinks out of his clothes. That was it ?. In addition, I was really into the bands stage positioning (or choreography if you will); where they were standing, how they approached or shared a microphone, which instruments they were playing, how the instruments were held, how they interacted while performing. There was a lot of that in AHDN but HELP! seemed to be shot in a way to totally minimize that aspect of The Beatles. For instance, I would have loved to see John and Paul sharing a mike in support of George’s lead on I Need You . Instead I got mostly aerial, underground and tank shots. I don’t know, I enjoyed seeing the lads doing just about anything (much like Let It Be years later), but I could feel the Beatlemania phenomenon was already turning into something else.

Happens I had time to watch the movie earlier today. This is a good print with a decent soundtrack (hopefully be up for a while).

https://videa.hu/videok/film-a.....YbecOc7sO9

 

If you’re not up for the whole thing, here are some highlights:

30:50 Intermission
32:20 Paul’s exciting adventure on the floor
43:06 It’s a fiendish thingy!
48:14 I Need You
108:48 In 1965 disguise (but close to how they looked a few years later)
1:12:15 John and Ringo switch places

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I recently rewatched this movie and I noticed that George does some pretty dishonorable things throughout the film.

1. During the scene at the jeweler's, George is in the background filling his pockets.

2. When he and Ringo are playing cards at Buckingam Palace, he very plainly peeks over at Ringo's hand as he's being harassed by the other two. He then proceeds to win all of Ringo's money.

3. In the bar scene, he pretends not to have money for the bill and makes Ringo pay it, even though he VERY RECENTLY won ALL OF RINGO'S MONEY at cards.

4. He is also responsible for getting Ringo stuck in the cellar with the tiger, although that was an accident.

5. And let's not forget the great moment when George chucks the beer all over the Chief Superintendent. 

6. And finally, when John, Paul, and Ringo are trapped in the cage, George just runs away and abandons them.

However, seeing as he does redeem himself by heroically saving Ringo multiple times (during the curling scene, and from the trunk of the car) I'm willing to forgive him and he is still my favorite. ahdn_george_08

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It's likely that the bar scene was shot before the card scene since Ringo wouldn't be able to pay the bill if George had all of his money.

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Fair point. It's a great scene though. "I'm always getting winked at these days... it used to be you, Paul."

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Help ! is definitely a great film. It is funny and clever, with great acting and a well done plot. Also who else thought the intermission was a good scene too?

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*scoffs*

"Good scene" you say? 

"Good scene?"

Try "quite possibly the best scene in cinematic history"

Though the bathroom scene is always a good contender... especially for us Harrifans... a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Yes! I love all the nonsensical dubbed "ho ho!"s and stuff, not just in this scene but throughout...Beatles just being goofy and naturally funny and not even seriously trying to act. No surprise they'd be looser and more in control while being recorded than facing cameras.

Creepy: Scene with George, John, and attackers with knives and guns.

Amusing how one of the big selling points to the film was "Beatles in COLOUR!" and then cut to the title sequence and it's b&w film, PSYCH!

Nice final shot, the boys framed above the word "SINGER"!

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Von Bontee said

Creepy: Scene with George, John, and attackers with knives and guns.

I don't know if I'd call it creepy... I really love that scene. There's Paul's adventure on the floor, Ringo's random machine that shoots oranges, Ringo's reaction to the red paint, George attacking John by accident, the ridiculous hiding places, and the beautiful climax of John with his lamp: "Get out." 

This movie is pure magic heart

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Agree, still a great scene. I just mean the implications are creepy, in the context of the film's other accidental glimpses into the band's real-life future (sitars, Eastern religions, aged airport disguises)

Every viewing brings a few more choice bits into the temporary forefront, I find. Last time it was

 

- A TIGER.

- entire poker scene

- John turning "Roll Over Famous Beethoven" sentiment on its ear with credible gob organ performance of "Ode To Joy"

- Part II (so great having something equally brief and meaningless to follow the intermission)

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Von Bontee said
Agree, still a great scene. I just mean the implications are creepy, in the context of the film's other accidental glimpses into the band's real-life future (sitars, Eastern religions, aged airport disguises)

Every viewing brings a few more choice bits into the temporary forefront, I find. Last time it was

 

- A TIGER.

- entire poker scene

- John turning "Roll Over Famous Beethoven" sentiment on its ear with credible gob organ performance of "Ode To Joy"

- Part II (so great having something equally brief and meaningless to follow the intermission)  

True true. The break-in scene is like foreshadowing for She Came In Through The Bathroom Window , and also the time that He Who Must Not Be Named tried to kill George. blue-meanie

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Also:

Bits that stuck out to me last time I watched it:

-"Jeweler, you've failed."

-The complete inadequacy of all of the scientists' equipment. (Literally. None of it works. Ever. )

-George looking at Ringo's cards.

-"You're a rat underneath, aren't you."

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Help is highly amazing. One of my life goals is to be able to quote the whole thing word for word. It's like poetry.

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I'm pretty sure if i watched it right now I could say every line before it's said. 

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TheWalrusWasBrian said

I'm pretty sure if i watched it right now I could say every line before it's said. 

Can I be you?

(to self) Jeweler, you failed.

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The first time I watched this movie I was really little, and six year old Silver absolutely loved it. I laughed a lot during the “intermission” a-hard-days-night-george-10. Also I think watching this movie is what made me love Ringo so much, he was totally great in Help ! .

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That's true. Honestly, every single scene is hilarious and amazing. Every. Single. Scene. 

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