The Beatles first movie since Help! (1965) was largely Sir 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".
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The movie bombed both times it appeared on British television. Once the reviews were in, ABC cancelled plans to show it during Easter weekend 1968. However, it became a modest success in the 1970s on the American midnight and college movie circuits. The movie has been shown sporadically on American independent and public television stations. See more
Halfway through the staircase scene at the beginning of "Your Mother Should Know," John loses his balance and nearly falls off the step. He recovers, however, and the shot continues. 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
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon
and Paul McCartney
Published by Capitol/EMI Records See more