FILM : Birth of the Beatles
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FILM / MOVIE TITLE DATE FILM STAR(S) WHO APPEAR IN THE LOCATION SCENES FILM / MOVIE LOCATIONS / SCENES
Birth of the Beatles 1979 Stephen MacKenna, Rod Culbertson, John Altman, Ray Ashcroft, David Wilkinson Hamburg (Germany) Liverpool, London, Middlesex
Director : Richard Marquand   Production Company : Dick Clark Productions   Region : LONDON A-B,SOUTH EAST A-D,NORTH,GERMANY

An account of The Beatles during the Hamburg years, their signing with Brian Epstein and their inevitable rise during the early sixties.

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Birth of the Beatles - Liverpool's Royal Liver Building leads panoramic shots of the city seen during the titles. Pier Head, Liverpool in Merseyside.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe001. Liverpool's Royal Liver Building leads panoramic shots of the city seen during the titles. Pier Head, Liverpool in Merseyside.

Birth of the Beatles - The tin rooved sheds in the bottom left of the image are on New Bird Street.  The shot seems to have been taken from the top of Liverpool Cathedral.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe002. The tin rooved sheds in the bottom left of the image are on New Bird Street. The shot seems to have been taken from the top of Liverpool Cathedral.

Birth of the Beatles - The Mersey flows in the background whilst the foreground building, formerly a bank, stands on Great George Place.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe003. The Mersey flows in the background whilst the foreground building, formerly a bank, stands on Great George Place.

Birth of the Beatles - As the pan continues Cain's Brewery comes into view in the top left.  The white faced building on the right stands on Crump Street and the foreground building is the David Lewis Hostel & Theatre, 'The Davy Lou', which no longer stands.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe004. As the pan continues Cain's Brewery comes into view in the top left. The white faced building on the right stands on Crump Street and the foreground building is the David Lewis Hostel & Theatre, 'The Davy Lou', which no longer stands.

Birth of the Beatles - It's 1961 and George Harrison (John Altman), Paul McCartney (Rod Culbertson) and John Lennon (Stephen MacKenna) come into shot crossing waste ground. The area was previously occupied by houses on Nile Street and Upper Parliament Street and is now occupied by St. James Road. Cemetery Terrace on Upper Parliament Street serves as the backdrop.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe005. It's 1961 and George Harrison (John Altman), Paul McCartney (Rod Culbertson) and John Lennon (Stephen MacKenna) come into shot crossing waste ground. The area was previously occupied by houses on Nile Street and Upper Parliament Street and is now occupied by St. James Road. Cemetery Terrace on Upper Parliament Street serves as the backdrop.

Birth of the Beatles - The Beatles spot 'talent'. Nile Street looking towards Great George Street. In the distance can be seen the bank from image birbe003 on Great George Place. The pub to the right may have been called The Lord Nelson.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe006. The Beatles spot 'talent'. Nile Street looking towards Great George Street. In the distance can be seen the bank from image birbe003 on Great George Place. The pub to the right may have been called The Lord Nelson.

Birth of the Beatles - The friends lark about in a back street before George tells them that his Dad has been complaining about their music taking up too much time so near to exams. Given the location of 008 and 009 Neil suggests that this scene is set between Elaine Street and Merlin Street but many of the terraces look similar. (RL)
Birth of the Beatles

birbe007. The friends lark about in a back street before George tells them that his Dad has been complaining about their music taking up too much time so near to exams. Given the location of 008 and 009 Neil suggests that this scene is set between Elaine Street and Merlin Street but many of the terraces look similar. (RL)

Birth of the Beatles - In another street, a group of boys play football. Neil Rigby advises that a chap, calling himself
Birth of the Beatles

birbe008. In another street, a group of boys play football. Neil Rigby advises that a chap, calling himself "scouserdave" in an archived (2007) forum titled yoliverpool stated that he was an extra on the film. He gives the football knockabout scene as Northumberland Street, Liverpool 8. Neil's image 009n would support this. (RL)

Birth of the Beatles - John, Paul and George join in the game.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe009. John, Paul and George join in the game.

birbe009n. Neil Rigby sends this Google Image of Northumberland Street showing the Colemans depository. (RL)
(Modern Photo Added: 30-08-2014)

Birth of the Beatles - John skips his art class and the trio head into town. Liverpool Cathedral as seen from Hope Street in L1, and appeared in 'The Magnet'.
Birth of the Beatles

birbe010. John skips his art class and the trio head into town. Liverpool Cathedral as seen from Hope Street in L1, and appeared in 'The Magnet'.

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