The film A Hard Day’s night was made during the height of Beatlemania in 1964. This black and white, low-budget comedy was a huge commercial success, and this scene was made at Paddington station, London.
Irish actor Wilfrid Brambell, who played Paul McCartney’s fictional grandfather John McCartney, was already well-known to British audiences as co-star of the British sitcom Steptoe and Son. The recurring joke that he was so clean is because in the sitcom he was always referred to as a dirty old man. Norman Rossington played The Beatles’ manager and John Junkin was “Shake”, their road manager. Brian Epstein, their real manager, had an uncredited bit part. George Harrison met his first wife Patty Boyd on the set, and they were married 18 months later.
John Lennon is playing silly beggars as usual on the train, and successfully making poor old grandad very uncomfortable. Good for a laugh though, eh?
This composition was created with Staedtler coloured pencils, staedler fineliners, and acrylic paint on canvas – textured acrylic paper, 300 gsm, 16 inches x12 inches from a black and white still photograph.
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