Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1965. Walter Shenson Films, Subafilms. Story by Marc Behm, Screenplay by Marc Behm, Charles Wood. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Walter Shenson. Music by Paul McCartney, Ken Thorne. Production Design by Ray Simm. Costume Design by Julie Harris. Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.
The Beatles went straight into production of their second film after the success of A Hard Day’s Night, once again teaming up with director Richard Lester for a song-filled adventure. The silly plot has Ringo donning a giant ruby ring that rightfully belongs to a sect of Kali worshippers in India (who are played by British actors in brownface), who come to London to get it back. The ninety minutes of screen time are basically spent either watching Looney Tunes-style attempts by the visitors to recover their precious object or having the Fab Four break out into song, and while none of it actually means anything, the combined charisma of the four gentlemen and the high quality of their music makes for a delightful excursion.