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".
Did You Know?
A rough shooting script was written before filming began. About seventy percent of the bus exchanges are improvised, but everything filmed outside the bus was performed (more or less) as written. See more
Throughout the bus tour, George Harrison
wears a fedora-type hat with a wide band. When the passengers file into the cabaret and take their seats, he wears a wool/tweed driving cap. 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
Composed by Jacques Offenbach See more