was John, Paul, George and Ringo's first movie and it's still my favorite Beatles film.
I first saw it in August of 1964 with my cousin Vicki who loved the Fab Four
as much as I did. Of course we had to buy our tickets waaaay in advance, to make sure we got in
for the premiere... well, the suburban Long Island premiere, anyroad. And one friday night
in January, 2001... over 36 (yipes!) years
later... my husband John and I sat in another LI movie house
watching the theatrical re-release of A Hard Day's Night
It's still a quirky, playful, funny and intoxicatingly joyful movie.
If you didn't catch it on the big screen...
not to worry, it's also out on DVD
And for those of us who don't have DVD
players yet, it's also out on VHS video :-)
If you were a member of the Beatles Fan Club in 1964, you got one of these scripts in the mail.
I'm amazed that mine is still legible as I must have read it a hundred times, turning the
pages with hands greasy from potato chips and chocolate bars... while listening to the soundtrack
record on an old manual turntable, of course. Or maybe the clock radio was tuned into one of
the 3 NY rock radio stations... WABC ("W-A-Beatle-C"), WMCA ("The Good Guys") or
WINS (with Murray the K, "The Fifth Beatle"). They all played a lot of Beatle records, a lot of the time.
And in the days before MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone magazine, AM radio was THE place to get your Beatles news fix.
Wanna know just how popular The Beatles songs were in 1964? Check out this WABC Top 20 list!
Here's an old picture of me and Vicki proclaiming our devotion to John, Paul, George and Ringo early in the summer of '64. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!