• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 200 POLICEMEN WERE NEEDED TONIGHT (THURSDAY) TO CONTROL AN ESTIMATED 10,000 BEATLES' FANS WHEN THE FAMOUS BRITISH POP GROUP ARRIVED AT THE LONDON PAVILION, IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS FOR THE PREMIERE OF THEIR NEWEST FILM 'HELP!'.

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    GROUP OF SCREAMING GIRLS; BEATLES ARRIVAL AND MEETING PRINCESS MARGARET AND LORD SNOWDON.




    Initials PBS/V-B/TELE/BHH/EEH



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    Background: MORE THAN 200 POLICEMEN WERE NEEDED TONIGHT (THURSDAY) TO CONTROL AN ESTIMATED 10,000 BEATLES' FANS WHEN THE FAMOUS BRITISH POP GROUP ARRIVED AT THE LONDON PAVILION, IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS FOR THE PREMIERE OF THEIR NEWEST FILM 'HELP!'. THE PERFORMANCE WAS ATTENDED BY PRINCES MARGARET AND HER HUSBAND LORD SNOWDON.

    THE FILM, DESCRIBED AS A FANTASY, CONCERN A GROUP OF BLOODTHIRSTY INDIAN WORSHIPPERS OF KALI AND A COUPLE OF MAD SCIENTISTS TRYING TO GAIN POSSESSION OF A RING IRREMOVABLY WEDDED TO THE FINGER OF RINGO STARR, THE BEATLES' DRUMMER.

    TEN TEENAGE GIRLS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL - ONE SUFFERING INTERNAL INJURIES - AND 60 OTHERS WERE TREATED BY FIRST AID MEN FOR MINOR INJURIES RECEIVED IN THE CRUSH OUTSIDE THE THEATRE. THE BEATLES ARRIVED AT THE THEATRE 20 MINUTES LATE FOR THE PERFORMANCE.

    AS THEY STEPPED FROM THEIR CAR ONE GROUP OF GIRLS WENT WILD, AND TRIED TO BREAK THROUGH THE POLICE CORDON. MANY OF THE TEENAGERS HAD BEEN WAITING IN PICCADILLY TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THEIR MOP-HAIRED IDOLS FOR MORE THAN 12 HOURS.

    THE PREMIERE RAISED GBP6,000 FOR CHARITY. IT WAS ARRANGED BY THE FUND-RAISING VARIETY CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN. IT WAS THE SECOND TIME THAT PRINCESS MARGARET AND HER HUSBAND HAD ATTENDED A PREMIERE OF A BEATLES' FILM - THEY ALSO WENT TO THE FIRST NIGHT OF 'A HARD DAY'S NIGHT' IN JULY LAST YEAR.

    AFTER THE PERFORMANCE, BEATLE PAUL MCCARTNEY SAID THAT PRINCESS MARGARET AND LORD SNOWDON APPEARED TO HAVE ENJOYED THE FILM. "YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD THEM CLAP", HE SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADXII4XHM0PT5M0PKFLUFSGZWE
    Media URN:
    VLVADXII4XHM0PT5M0PKFLUFSGZWE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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