Wilfrid and John - scene from A Hard Day's Night 205 views by Margaret Sanderson

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Wilfrid and John - scene from A Hard Day's Night 205 views by 

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.

205 views as at 19th June 2011.

I’m a self-taught artist from the North of England and I like to inject a bit of humour wherever possible, whether it’s in my writing (see my poems), or my artwork.
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    BLYTHARTover 3 years ago

    I like the humour of John snigging coke :) I particularly like the facial expression of Wilfrid Brambell.

    BLYTHARTover 3 years ago

    “Snigging” coke; anyone would think I had been doing that myself :) I meant (of course) sniffing coke. The g and f are beside each other, so I must have gone cross-eyed.

  • Thanks Dave. You just made me realise I’d spelled Wilfrid with an ‘e’. Thanks for that. All corrected now.

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Great work margaret Beautifully done

  • Thanks very much Maggie!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Harry Purves
    Harry Purvesover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful Margaret!

    I remember going to the flicks to see the film, it was in Black and White as I recall. My favourite scene was where they played And I Love Her in the carriage. Very moving in the midst of the chaos and humour.

    Great picture, well portrayed, and a definite memory jogger – thanks Margret, my favourite !

  • Thanks for the smashing comment Harry. I like to re-invent old pictures. And thanks for the fave too!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Robyn!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • sandygrafik
    sandygrafikover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work! Amazing expressions and colors!

  • Thank you Sandy!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartover 3 years ago

    wonderful work.

  • Thanks very much Marie!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    He’s very clean!

  • He certainly is Oulgundog!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago


    YOU are very very GOOD

  • Thanks Shanghaiwu!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Ray Jackson
    Ray Jacksonover 3 years ago

    great work ! love the colors to

  • Thanks Razar. I had to invent the colours.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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