Far Horizon The Beatles in the Bahamas during the filming of the movie, Help! Beatlemania is back! Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the band’s first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” when the Fab Four took the country by storm and skyrocketed their global appeal. This milestone is reigniting buzz about their journey as they swept the globe on a tour that eventually earned them the title as best-selling band of all time. While you probably know their songs by heart, what you may not know is that their international travels took them to Nassau, Bahamas, right on the famed Cable Beach. What is now the Balmoral Tower at Sandals Royal Bahmaian, was once the posh Balmoral Club that hosted a number of VIPs in its heyday including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Beatles in 1965 while they were filming scenes for their movie HELP! They even shot scenes on Sandals Island, the resort’s private island, including the famous sequence for “Another Girl.”
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The Beatles said the film was inspired by the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup; it was also directly satirical of the James Bond series of films. At the time of the original release of Help!, its distributor, United Artists, also held the rights to the Bond series. The humour of the film is strongly influenced by the abstract humour of The Goon Show, in which the director had personal and direct experience in the conversion of the radio format to television, and personal working experience with Peter Sellers in particular. Beatles recording producer George Martin had also produced records for the Goon Show team. McCartney has always said that the Beatles style of humour was taken from the Goon Show. Many of the film's concepts are derived from Goon Shows, such as the presence of wild animals, music, fourth wall-breaking jokes and abstractions such as the closing statement that concludes the film.