Humor has always been a vital part of the Beatles formula (Ringo's singing is proof enough). John Lennon, in particular, loved the comedy of Spike Milligan, compared the Monkees TV show favorably to the Marx Brothers, and said that once the Beatles broke up, their spirit was carried by Monty Python. So when they made their first film during the Beatlemania of 1964, they made sure they got the chance to put their silliness front and center. 'A Hard Day's Night' is famous for scenes of fans chasing the Fabs down city streets, but this is mostly finished by the first five minutes. For most of the picture, people look down on the pop group or barely know who they are at all, giving them the chance to cause schoolboy mischief in the studio setting up their TV special. Favorite moments: John puts a bottle of Coke up to his nose; George teaches his manager to shave by putting shaving cream on a mirror; and Paul's "very clean" grandfather (played by Wilfred "You Dirty Old Man" Brambell) running a fake autograph racket and convincing his minder that people are taller than him on purpose.
"Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day's Night, in which the bandmates play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester (Help!) 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."