Emilio Lari was a young Italian photographer who took spent a day on set taking images of director Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night. Lester later hired him to be the official photographer on Help! Here, Lester (in tan) demonstrated to George what he wanted to do; even though this image was shot on the Help! set, it was used to promote A Hard Day’s Night, which was released in 1964, a year earlier than Help!.
John wigs out
Because the producers of the film thought that another company had already registered the name Help, they changed the name of their movie to Help!, and the exclamation point took care of their legal concerns. John and Paul only wrote the song after that name was chosen. Lari, who got to know all four band members, says, “John was surprisingly serious.” Still, he had his lighter moments. Here, he was clowning around in a wig that he borrowed from costume department.
Rooming with the Beatles
This space was intended to look like the ultimate mod bachelor pad; it was built on a sound stage at Twickenham Film Studios in London. Every Beatle had his own special, whimsical section. George’s area had a mini lawn; John’s, a recessed bed; Ringo’s, a row of vending machines; and Paul’s, a console organ. And although you can’t tell from the black-and-white photo, each section was characterized by a single color.