Owen began work on the original screenplay late last autumn. Producer Walter
Shenson and Director Richard Lester watched their newest screen stars at
work over Christmas and New Year. John and Paul began to compile new numbers
for the soundtrack while The Beatles were in Paris, and one morning early
in March 1964, a specially chartered train moved out of Paddington station
and the first day's shooting of The Beatles' first feature film got under
way. "A Hard Day's Night", which also stars Wilfrid Brambell in the role
of Paul's (mythical) grandfather, was premiered on Monday, 6th July, 1964,
at the London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus.
story depicts something like 48 consecutive hours of activity in the bustling
lives of four beat group boys, named John, Paul, George and Ringo.
four soundtrack songs featured here on this EP have been selected as the
highspot items from the full-length LP album released in July 1964, by
Parlophone (PMC 1230/PCS 3058). John's driving I Should Have Known Better
makes an early appearance in the film, during a railway sequence when the
four boys are seen playing cards in the guard's van of the train. Paul
and John share the vocal action on the wistful ballad If I Fell,
the first of a series of songs featured in theatre/studio sequences which
show The Beatles rehearsing and finally performing in a television spectacular.
Me Why is a lively fast-rocking piece with John and Paul stepping into
the vocal spotlight. The final track, And I Love Her, is one of
those gently-handled romantic ballads at which Paul excels. His persuasive
threads its way through the lyrics smoothly and appealingly.