Magical Mystery Tour

Date: 1967
Director: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Production Company: Apple Corps, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Location(s): Cornwall, Devon, Kent, London, Surrey

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The Beatles embark on a surreal mystery tour through the English countryside.

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One Sunday morning, Richard B. Starkey (Ringo Starr) and his Aunt Jessica (Jessie Robins) walk towards the main road to catch a tour bus. Gypsy Re Bethe advises that this is Theatre Street in London SW11.

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The two of them argue as they climb the hill. Gypsy Re Bethe confirms Theatre Street off Lavender Hill in SW11.

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Turning the corner, Richard and Aunt Jessie find the bus and the crew of the tour waiting. Lavender Hill, London SW11. The two have just walked out of 'the original' Acanthus Road. The area has been redeveloped and a road with the same name now exists further along Lavender Hill towards Clapham Junction.

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Courier Jimmy Johnson (Derek Royle) and Hostess Wendy Winters (Miranda Forbes) greet the late arrivals. Lavender Hill, London SW11.

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Jolly Jimmy Johnson welcomes everyone onto the Magical Mystery Tour. Looking along St Leonards at the junction with Midway Road in Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Richard and his Aunt continue to argue as the tour sets off. Unknown location.

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Passengers (Rayston Smith and Nat Jackley) enjoy the journey. Unidentified location.

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'The Fool on the Hill' performed by Paul McCartney. On a hill near Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

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The bus is driven around RAF West Malling Airfield, Kent. Bill Martin advises that the old airfield is now the King's Hill housing and industrial estate with only the Control Tower "cafe" remaining.

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A split screet shot of the concrete anti-blast screens at West Malling where The Beatles perform 'I Am The Walrus'.

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RAF West Malling Airfield near Maidstone, Kent.

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Children wave at the bus as it drives into the distance. Unknown location.

About to cross the Tamar Bridge over the River Tamar and the border between Devon and Cornwall.

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Dave Wilson managed to capture the bridge but was not so lucky with the immediate foreground. (RL)

Looking over Hoe Park in Plymouth with Hoe Road to the left and Drake's Island top left.

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A good elevation shot from Dave Wilson even without him enlisting the use of someones balcony. (RL)

Photo's are taken. Cliff Road, Plymouth with The Grand Hotel in the background.

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Dave Wilson took an identical shot of the The Grand without being the centre of attraction himself. (RL)

Looks a bit like the seaside. The film had lost it's plot by now so no more narrative I'm afraid. Dave Wilson found the location called The Huer's Hut directly behind the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay. Robert Dew adds that The Beatles stayed in the hotel whilst filming took place.

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Dave provides this shot showing that the background has changed somewhat. (RL)

A view through the bus window.

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Dave Wilson is 99% sure that this is Tolcarne Beach, Newquay. So much building in the intervening years makes a similar shot very difficult or impossible but he sends this Google image suggesting that the extreme left of the building is that in the screen shot. Certainly looks like it to me Dave! (RL)

The passengers and locals assemble for a rather large group photo. The Atlantic Hotel, Dane Road, Newquay, Cornwall.

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Dave Wilson found a rather changed hotel, externally anyway. (RL)