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Help!

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My 5-year-old niece and I lend a helping hand to the Beatles in their second film, the full-color presentation of Help! Ringo becomes the target of an Indian (dots, not feathers) cult of Kali (or Kah-ili, as they say), probably still smarting from the drubbing they took from Indiana Jones thirty years before. I identify some of the cars (and tanks), and explain some of the background surrounding filming, such as how the Beatles were so stoned they didn't know what the movie was about, how much a curling stone weighs, and how dumb it is to shoot outdoors in England in March. Keely explains some of the plot, sings along a little, and identifies which Beatles are cute. A good time was had by all.

Listened to this again and noticed two small errors: I say Ringo and John are both about 25 and then mistakenly say the Ringo is "a few years older" instead of "a few months older." Also, I say the "Webley automatic" line is incorrect, but the name of the gun actually is "Webley Automatic Revolver," where Automatic refers to the fact that it cocks itself (in a crude version of the action perfected later in the Browning HP and Colt M1911). You learn something new every day.

Start the film with the opening in the Indian temple at the same time as you start the commentary. (43 MB)

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