John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr Signed Help!
The Beatles Signed Photograph.
Lennon, John; Paul McCartney; George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Item Number: 32006
Vintage glossy photograph of the The Beatles taken while filming their 1965 feature film Help! Signed by all four Beatles, “John Lennon,” “Paul McCartney”, “George Harrison”, and “To Diane, love from the Beatles, Ringo Starr”. In very good condition with some creasing. The photograph measures 6.5 inches by 4.75 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. Items signed by all four Beatles from the latter half of the 1960s are scarce.
Inspired by the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup and directly satirical of the James Bond series of films, the Beatles’ second full-feature film Help! received positive critical response upon its Royal World Premiere at the London Pavilion in 1965. Directed by Richard Lester, the musical comedy-adventure starred the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featured Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. Lester had previously directed the Beatles first film, A Hard Day’s Night, and was given a larger budget for Help! based on the former’s commercial success. Thus, Help! was in full color with shoots in several exotic locations including the Austrian Alps and New Providence and Paradise Islands in the Bahamas. In the film, Ringo receives a sacrificial ring included with a fan letter which he soon finds was secretly sent to him by a fan in danger of becoming a human sacrifice to an evil cult, the Swami Clang. Cult-members are soon after Ringo in an attempt to retrieve the ring and the band is sent on a wild goose chase throughout the world in an attempt to flee. The film’s soundtrack, which was released as the Beatles’ fifth studio album, featured John Lennon’s “Ticket to Ride” and “You’ve Got to Hide You Love Away”, as well as Paul McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen a Face” and “Yesterday” which would go on to become the most frequently covered song of all time.