After the runaway commercial and critical success of their first film, A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles were given the opportunity to make another one. Their second movie, Help!, had its world premiere in London on July 29, 1965, 54 years ago today.
The film premiere took place at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus, with Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon, in attendance.
Help!'s plot centred around Ringo Starr, thanks to his breakout performance in A Hard Day's Night.
Seven new Beatles songs – 'Help!', 'You're Going to Lose That Girl', 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away', 'Ticket to Ride', 'I Need You', 'The Night Before' and 'Another Girl' – made their debut in the movie, but it also helped point the way toward their musical future. In one scene, the Beatles go into an Indian restaurant, which is where George Harrison was first introduced to the sitar.
Help! was directed by Richard Lester and included Victor Spinetti in the cast, as with A Hard Day's Night.
The second film, although including some very amusing scenes and great music, wasn't received as well as it's predecessor. As Lennon said, this was partly because: "we were smoking marijuana for breakfast during that period. Nobody could communicate with us, it was all glazed eyes and giggling all the time. In our own world. It's like doing nothing most of the time, but still having to rise at 7AM, so we became bored."