Friday, 12 January 2018

The Beatles as actors


This blog is dedicated to the Beatles (as band and solos) as actors in movies and TV sketches (TV commercials included). I omitted music videos from this collection and concentrated on other things. But, to avoid ignoring the whole music video scene, here’s a list of videos featuring a sort of acting (not just playing and singing):
  • Day Tripper (Ringo’s sawing off the bars)
  • Goodnight Vienna (Ringo Starr)
  • The Frog Song (Paul McCartney)
  • The Chess Game (John & Yoko)
  • This Song (George Harrison)
  • Crackerbox Palace (George Harrison)
  • When We Was Fab (George Harrison)
  • Ding Dong, Ding Dong (George Harrison) 
  • Pipes of Peace (Paul McCartney)
  • Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney)
  • Waterfalls (Paul McCartney)
  • This One (Paul McCartney)
  • Appreciated (Paul McCartney)
  • My Valentine (Paul McCartney)
  • Only You (And You Alone) (Ringo Starr)
  • You Don't Know Me at All (Ringo Starr)
  • Stop and Take Time to Smell the Rose (Ringo Starr)
  • Act Naturally (Ringo Starr with Buck Owens)

I'm sure that many of you enjoyed a lot certain scenes and would love to see the whole movie. The SgtPepperChannel cares about you, and has already provided this blog with some of the best movies featured in this collections. The ones I choose for now are the one that have actors playing as the Beatles. I was also planning to upload the whole Pirates of the Caribbeans: dead man tell no tales film, but, I didn't even watch it! I only watched the scene with Paul .... and since that has been the most talked about subject the early 2017 (but as usual nobody really cares to see it with own eyes) I will share it for first !

Be honest: how many posts did you see on Facebook or elsewhere with this photo of Paul McCartney in a pirate costume ? Lots of times, right? And how many times did you see anybody sharing the actual clip (it has always been on YouTube !!!) .... none !!!!! So, should we finally get to see that bloody sketch ?!
FOOTNOTE: The joke Uncle Jack tells to Jack Sparrow "a skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop" was previously told by Quentin Tarantino in 1996 in the  film Desperado (, by Harvey Miller and later by Jack Nicholson, repeated by Al Pacino (, subsequently parodied by Johnny Deep ( ... see how Disney keeps on recycling the same garbage !?

I won't share the actual full Beatles movies, those are pretty easy to find with a Google search and perharps you all already own a digital copy, but I want to share this 1984 movie in full: Give My Regards to Broad Street, directed by Peter Webb and starring Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach and Linda McCartney.

However, Give My Regards to Broad Street is not the only film featuring Paul, Ringo, Linda and Barbara; The Cooler is a short promo film directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme and it was originally made as a promo video for "Private Property" from Ringo’s solo album "Stop And Smell The Roses". It was filmed at the AIR Studios in southwest London in mid-January 1981 by Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications.

In the film Alice in Wonderland from 1985, Ringo Starr played the role of the turtle while singing the song Nonsense. I could have let the whole clip, but, for the sake of keeping the video under 2 hours of length I cut it 3/4 short. However, here the whole unedited clip.

And, also the scene from Candy (1968) should be posted in full.

I had a lot of requests to share a link for the Beatles' 2008 bootleg film Let it Be (the big picture).
It is more or less the same as the 1970 version of Let It Be, but with 30% of extra screen-picture (literally). Let it Be was recorded on 35mm film and zoomed in. This version has the original film size. NOTE: this is not a remastered version !!! APPLE has no plans of releasing the LET IT BE remastered movie anytime soon

Paul and Linda McCartney take part to an episode of the British TV comedy series, Bread in 1987. Sparingly, Linda is a very good actress.
... Paul appears at the very end.


We covered some of the Beatles voice acting in cartoons, such as the Simpsons and the Powerpuff Girls, which you can watch is the Cartoon blogspot.
Since this one below (BoJack Horseman) is pretty recent cartoon episode (2015) I don't mind sharing it again (here's also a version dubbed in Spanish:

Not only Ringo Starr was the first to take part to a Simpsons episode, but he also was the one with most lines. You can watch the full episode of "Brush with Greatness" here:

Two years after the Ringo appearance in the Simpsons, it was George Harrison's turn to play himself in the 1993 episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"

While Paul McCartney was the last. He eventually appeared on "Lisa the Vegetarian" in 1995.


Due to their extreme boredom I won't embed any of their avant-garde films/video.
However, I created a YouTube playlist with all of them in their entirety.


While searching for clips to add to this collection I came across a lot of wrong info. Sites such as IMDB should be the primary source for this sort of research, but, most of the times they information they provide is misleading or even completely wrong.

At the end of the video collection I included two clips: Checking Out and Sabrina, the teenage witch; for these two clips I can't tell if those are George and Ringo for real, but certainly I can tell that this guy here below is NOT Ringo, as claimed on IMDB, Ringo's encyclopedia and more.

Saint Street full movie link (if you want to double-check it yourself)

Ringo, among the four is the one with the most wrong references online. Just like on Facebook, most websites copy and paste descriptions from other places. In the next case, on Ringo's encyclopedia it also stated that this guy here below is Ringo. [from Weekend of a champion]

If you google "In episode 9F11 of Season Four, Homer is seen eating a cookie in the shape of Ringo’s head" you will find this citation in a lots of websites and forums. Too bad that nobody checked if it true ... well, one person did it ... that's me !
This is a screenshot of the Simpsons episode scene. The cookie is not even a cookie but a potato chip and 
Great Aunt Gladys clearly says that ..... not Ringo Starr. (Episode: “Selma’s Choice” S04E13).


I'm sure you all noticed how Ringo appeared in so many films. Ritchie has indeed talent as actor and Richard Lester discovered with A Hard Day's Night, giving Ringo the main spot in his next film with the Beatles, Help! But I still find weird the fact that John had not a full sketch in AHDN but got to be the main character in How I Won The War.
However, I would like to share this short documentary of Ringo and his adventure filming Magical Mystery Tour.


As I said earlier, I don't think there is a need to post the main Beatles films in full, but I'll do it anyway ..... but in a very small format to occupy less space. Use the full screen button to have a bigger view.
..............A Hard Day's Night........................................Help!.................Magical Mystery Tour


TBC (more clips to be added)
If you would like to see a clip or a movie in full, let me know in the comments.
I'm very happy to share it.
Should I create a section with all the Beatles movies in full ?

1 comment:

  1. How can I download the Let It Be big picture version? Please help.