Video taken of the Beatles as they were filming “Help” in the Austrian Alps had been salted away in a garage for fifty years and was only recently discovered. The late actor Leo McKern had recorded the video during the down time from filming the movie. It is now made public for the first time.
Speaking to the Guardian, rare books dealer and actor Neil Pearson who is selling the footage, said: ‘It is unseen footage of people who were, at that time, the most famous people on earth.
‘It is footage of golden age Beatles, fooling around between takes, waiting for something to happen … I know that feeling.’
The film shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr joking around with their stunt doubles and pretending to play instruments.
Their tomfoolery on set for this particular film was well-documented with Ringo Starr describing in an interview in 2000 how ‘a hell of a lot of pot’ was smoked while making the film.
He said it was ‘great’ and the director knew very little would get done after lunch.
Speaking for a piece in the 2000 Beatles Anthology book, he said: ‘In the afternoon we very seldom got past the first line of the script.
‘We had such hysterics that no one could do anything. Dick Lester would say, “No, boys, could we do it again?” It was just that we had a lot of fun – a lot of fun in those days.’
And at the end of the footage, McKern’s daughter Abigail, who was ten at the time, is recorded playing in the snow.