The Beatles took America by storm during their first visit to the U.S. in 1964. Just one month after their historic television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band started working on a film that would bring Beatlemania to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night captured the boyish charm of the four lads from Liverpool (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison) who would change the face of popular music the world over. “Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time,” Janus Films writes. Criterion has restored the movie from the original 35mm camera negative for a first-time Blu-ray release that hit last month. In celebration of the release, A Hard Day’s Night is screening in select theaters this weekend. Here are 25 fun facts about the moptopped movie in preparation for your viewing.
The film’s working title was Beatlemania, but a new title was agreed upon when Ringo made an off-the-cuff comment after an exhausting day, inventing the phrase “A hard day’s night.”
The movie’s title track was written in one day, eight days before filming. The band played it for producer Walter Shenson in their dressing room the following morning.
The movie was called Yeah Yeah Yeah in Germany, Tutti Per Uno (All for One) in Italy, Quatre Garçons Dans Le Vent (Four Boys in the Wind) in France, Yeah! Yeah! Tässä tulemme! (Yeah! Yeah! Here We Come!) in Finland, and Os Reis do Iê-Iê-Iê (The Kings of Yeah-Yeah-Yeah) in Brazil.
A Hard Day’s Night was shot, edited, and mixed in just four months.
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon attended the movie’s premiere at the London Pavilion on July 6, 1964 (the eve of Ringo’s 24th birthday and the 7th anniversary of Lennon and Paul meeting after John’s former band, The Quarrymen, performed at a Garden Fete.). Over 200,000 fans greeted the band for the film’s Liverpool debut.