July 6, 1984 “A Hard Day’s Night,” the first feature film starring The Beatles, premiered in London. Written by Alun Owen and directed by Richard Lester, the film was an instant success. The film humorously portrays an exaggerated day in the life of The Beatles. Although the film is riddled with continuity errors and miscellaneous editing mistakes, the movie is quite entertaining. To celebrate the 48th anniversary of the film’s premiere, here are 5 little-known facts about “A Hard Day’s Night:”
1. In the opening scene, the girls chasing The Beatles into the train are real fans.
2. In the movie, Ringo is invited to “Le Cercle,” which is the same gambling club where James Bond makes his first appearance in “Dr. No.” Both films were originally released by United Artists.
3. John Lennon’s witty, self-referential line “She looks more like him than I do” was actually dubbed into the film after shooting. The dubbing wasn’t so subtle.
4. When the reporter asks John Lennon about his hobbies, he hands her a written note with his answer that cannot be seen by the audience. His response is “tits.”
5. Finally, the proposed titles for the film were “The Beatles” and “Beatlemania.” Ringo came up with the phrase “a hard day’s night” after he was exhausted from a long day of work. The studio accepted his phrase as the title and the Beatles then recorded the song “A Hard Day’s Night” in less than 24 hours.