The Beatles first film since "Help" was largely Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," "Your Mother Should Know," "I Am the Walrus" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie."
Did You Know?
A rough shooting script was written before filming began. About 70% of the bus exchanges are improvised, but everything filmed outside the bus was performed (more or less) as written. See more
When Jimmy addresses the bus from the front, the next shot has him in his seat behind the driver. See more
I am your friendly Courier. Mister Bloodvessel is my name. Buster Bloodvessel.
Made in England by The Beatles See more
When the movie was first shown by the BBC in 1967, the beach scene involving Jessie Robins
and Ivor Cutler
, lasting nearly two minutes, was cut for unknown reasons. Yet when it was re-shown in the 70s, the scene was included. See more
Referenced in The Simpsons: Road Rage
Death Cab For Cutie
Performed by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
(as The Bonzo Dog Band)
Written by Vivian Stanshall
and Neil Innes See more