The Beatles

The Beatles • HELP! • Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, London • April 24, 1965 • No. 5


Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are nabbed for a classic promotional shot along the Thames River towpath outside The City Barge public house.

Print No. 5 — from a collection of five photographs taken on April 24, 1965, during the filming of HELP! Prints are available individually in three paper sizes — or as a complete, 5-print, specially-priced setWe also offer custom framing.


*Prints of this image are currently available in three sizes on matte Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm Deckle Edge paper.


The Story

All four Beatles report to the tiny Chiswick hamlet of Strand-on-the-Green for location work as filming on HELP! continues outside the usual studio confines at Twickenham.

The Beatles spend the morning shooting the sequence preceding the one where Ringo becomes trapped in a cellar with a man-eating tiger. After walking along the narrow Post Office Alley out onto the Thames River towpath, the four encounter a marching band of baddies disguised as Scottish pipers who quickly give chase. Fearing for their lives, our heroes seek shelter inside the City Barge public house, where Ringo soon finds himself face-to-face with a hungry Bengal after an unpleasant experience with a trapdoor.

Surrounded, John, Paul, and George make a dramatic escape by crashing through the pub's windows, knocking over patio furniture, and taking out a straggling bogus Scotsman in the process. After returning to the towpath, our print series begins where the three Beatles frantically plead with Superintendent Gluck of Scotland Yard (Patrick Cargill) and his men to follow them back to the City Barge, where Ringo is held captive.

Photo attributed to Tony Gale

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