A Hard Day's Night

1964

Richard Lester
Director
United Artists
Studio

As The VIllage Voice stated, this is the "Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals," but it's more than that. It is an evocation, a memoir of a brief moment in time when the band that would change the world was still just four lads from Liverpool, not yet overwhelmed by success and excess (something that's quite evident in their frenetically overdone Help!, made only a year later). The wise choice of B&W photography make it timeless, and the dry wit of Lester's direction and the performances make it watchable today. Look at any other of the similar films that followed from the likes of the Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits and the Monkees, and realize how difficult such a film is to make, and how successful this film was at catching lightning in a bottle.

-Dave W.

Names in parentheses are from the script.

Thanks to Gerald Lovell, Movie Dude, AgedAD and philly for helping identify so many extras, and cornershop for spotting Barbara Murray in the newspaper!



6th July 1964
Cinema



87 mins
1.75:1


11th August 1964
Cinema


87 mins
1.75:1

Beatles: Hard Days Night
14th November 1997
DVD

Not Rated


1.33:1



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The Beatles
Themselves
John Lennon
John
Paul McCartney
Paul
George Harrison
George
Ringo Starr
Ringo
Wilfrid Brambell
Paul's Grandfather
(John McCartney)
Norman Rossington
Norm
Victor Spinetti
T.V. Director (Richard)
John Junkin
Shake
Deryck Guyler
Police Inspector
(actually a Sergeant)
Anna Quayle
Millie
Richard Vernon
Pompous Man on Train
(Johnson)
Edward Malin
Hotel Waiter
(as Eddie Malin)
Robin Ray
T.V. Floor Manager
Lionel Blair
T.V. Choreographer
Alison Seebohm
Secretary (Dolly)
David Janson
Young Boy (Charlie)
Barbara Murray
Picture in Paul's Daily Express
Unknown 8034-01
Lunch Cart Man
Juba Kennerley
Man on Train
Unknown 8034-02
Waiter on Train
Fred Machon
Man on Train
Prue Bury
Schoolgirl on Train (Rita)
Pattie Boyd
Schoolgirl on Train (Jean)
Unknown 8034-03
Glamorous Woman on Train
(Tania)
Susan Whitman
Schoolgirl on Train
Tina Williams
Schoolgirl on Train
Unknown 8034-04
Schoolgirl on Train
Unknown 8034-05
Schoolgirl on Train
Unknown 8034-06
Waiter in Train Corridor
Caron Gardner
Lady with Grandfather on Train
Peter Evans
Casino Patron
Victor Harrington
Casino Patron
Terry Hooper
Casino Croupier
Aileen Lewis
Casino Patron
Alex Lewis
Casino Patron
Unknown Female 28
Casino Patron
Margaret Nolan
Girl at Casino
Vernon Duke
Casino Patron
Unknown 8034-08
Casino Patron
Unknown 8034-10
Casino Patron
Fred Davis
Casino Patron
Unknown 8034-11
Casino Patron
Sadie Slade
Club Dancer
Edina Ronay
Girl at Disco
Ray Marioni
Club Waiter
Gerry Judge
Club Dancer
Jeremy Lloyd
Tall Dancer at the Disco
Terence Maidment
Cliub Dancer
Guy Standeven
Club Dancer
Carole Chilvers
Dancer at Disco
Susan Hampshire
Dancer at Disco
Maggie London
Girl at Disco
Brian Epstein
Man at Disco
(unconfrimed)
Andre Charise
Casino Waiter
Michael Trubshawe
Casino Manager
Bruce Beeby
Man Talking to Casino Manager
Norman Florence
Club Attendant
Richard Nellor
Casino Patron
Unknown
Workman Outside Theatre
Edwin Fowles
Reporter in Theatre Lobby
Unknown 8034-12
First P.R.O. Man
Unknown 8034-13
Second P.R.O. Man
Roy Beck
Reporter
Marcus Elkin
Reporter
Gerald Paris
Reporter
Marianne Stone
Society Reporter
Noel Trevarthen
Reporter
Hedger Wallace
Reporter
Sheila Aza
Reporter
Anne Clune
Reporter
Roy Everson
Reporter
Unknown 8034-16
Reporter
Unknown 8034-17
Reporter
Unknown 8034-20
Reporter
Unknown 8034-21
Reporter
Unknown 8034-22
Reporter
Unknown 8034-23
Reporter
Dave's Unknown Male 11
Reporter
Unknown 8034-24
Server at Press Party
Unknown 8034-25
Barmaid at Press Party
Dave's Unknown Male 18
T.V. Control Room Technician
Unknown 8034-26
T.V. Control Room Technician
Hein Viljoen
Stagehand
Unknown 8034-28
Stagehand
Bob Raymond
Stagehand
Derek Nimmo
Leslie Jackson & His 10 9 Disappearing Doves
Unknown 8034-30
Backstage Actor ("Cheeky')
Tony Allen
Stagehand
Bill Strange
Stagehand
Charlie Bird
Groundskeeper
Dougie Millings
Tailor to the Beatles
Mal Evans
Stagehand
Unknown 8034-31
Man Waiting Outside Marshal's Office
Kenneth Haigh
Simon Marshal
Julian Holloway
Adrian - Simon's Assistant
Keith Denny
Tony - Simon's Assistant
Edina Ronay
Susan Campey (Poster in Marshal's Office)
Unknown 8034-32
Opera Singer
Unknown 8034-33
Opera Singer
Unknown 8034-34
T.V. Crewmember
Unknown 8034-37
Lead Makeup Woman
Unknown 8034-35
Makeup Girl
Unknown 8034-36
Makeup Girl
Sheila Fearn
Makeup Girl
David Langton
Actor in Dressing Room
Unknown Male 136
Actor in Dressing Room
Unknown Male 98
Actor in Dressing Room
Unknown 8034-40
Stagehand
Rosemarie Frankland
Brunette Showgirl
Unknown 8034-41
Blonde Showgirl
Pauline Chamberlain
Showgirl
Alan Gibbs
Soldier Extra in Studio Canteen
Jack Mandeville
Extra in Studio Canteen
John Clifford
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-42
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-44
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-45
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-46
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-47
Extra in Canteen
Unknown 8034-48
Canteen Server
Unknown 8034-43
Concierge
Geraldine Sherman
Girl Outside Secondhand Shop
Rooney Massara
Sculler in River
Maxwell Craig
Barman
Fred Wood
Pub Patron
Jim Brady
Pub Patron
Clare Kelly
Barmaid
Billy Dean
Pub Patron
Bob Godfrey
Pub Patron Playing Shove Ha'Penny
Pat Gorman
Pub Patron Playing Shove Ha'Penny
Gordon Rollings
Pub Customer with Sandwich
Jack 'Kid' Berg
Pub Patron
Manny Michael
Pub Patron
Fred Stroud
Pub Patron
Alf Casha
Pub Patron
Unknown 8034-49
Pub Patron
Unknown 8034-50
Pub Patron
Unknown 8034-51
Pub Patron
Unknown 8034-52
Ragman Yelling at Ringo
Roger Avon
Policeman Following Ringo
Jeremy Young
Police Constable
Unknown 8034-53
Police Constable
Laura Thurlow
Ringo's Damsel in Distress
Unknown Male 72
Policeman in Station
George Hilsdon
Man in Police Station
Neil Wilson
Theatre Doorman
Unknown 8034-56
Kid Outside Theatre
Unknown 8034-57
Kid Outside Theatre
Unknown 8034-58
Kid Outside Theatre
Hugh Elton
Security Guard
Unknown Male 68
Security Guard
John Bluthal
Car Thief
Richard Lester
Director's Cameo
(seen on stage during performance)
Phil Collins
Seated Fan with Necktie
(about 90% certain)
Beverley Ann Atkins
Undetermined Role
Gillian Baderman
Undetermined Role
Sharon Baderman
Undetermined Role
Heather Bishop
Undetermined Role
Susan Bown
Undetermined Role
Andrea Brett
Undetermined Role
Malcolm Conningham
Undetermined Role
Ann Dyer
Undetermined Role
Rosalind Dyer
Undetermined Role
Martin Gadd
Undetermined Role
Philip Gadd
Undetermined Role
Sherine Galliers
Undetermined Role
Bernice Garroway
Undetermined Role
Pat Grimsdell
Undetermined Role
Gary Hector
Undetermined Role
Lynn Hector
Undetermined Role
Patrick Heffernan
Undetermined Role
Ric Hutton
Undetermined Role
Lavinia Lang
Undetermined Role
Linda Lay
Undetermined Role
Caroline Lorimer
Undetermined Role
Philip Lys
Undetermined Role
Patricia Newton
Undetermined Role
Peter Newton
Undetermined Role
Christopher Parker
Undetermined Role
Carmen Payison
Undetermined Role
Carol Pettit
Undetermined Role
Patricia Phipps
Undetermined Role
Jennifer Plaister
Undetermined Role
Linda Potter
Undetermined Role
David Raymond
Undetermined Role
John Raymond
Undetermined Role
Melanie Rowland
Undetermined Role
Edwina Salmon
Undetermined Role
Sally Sheridan
Undetermined Role
Paula Smyczok
Undetermined Role
Annabel Strauss
Undetermined Role
Jacqueline Street
Undetermined Role
Bonnie Willis
Undetermined Role
Isla Blair
Shakespearean Actress
(Scenes Deleted)
Westland Whirlwind
Helicopter at End

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