Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Variety Club Annual Awards 1963

On March 19, 1964 the Beatles took time off from filming "A Hard Day's Night" to attend the ceremony given by the Variety Club of Great Britain. The boys were presented with "Silver Hearts" awards for Show Business Personalities of 1963.  In this first clip, the TV programme starts, the Beatles arrive and pose for the press photographers while Paul McCartney interviews the other Beatles.

Pathé News reel: Beatles Get Show Biz Top Award is the most well known footage from the event.

As the Beatles are busy filming A Hard Day's Night, they hurry to get back to the film set. However, another cast member is the last one to get the award that day. Cue Wilfrid Brambell & Harry H Corbett (Steptoe & Son).

A modern day commentary on top of the Pathé News reel footage brings us context.

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