Saturday, 13 December 2014

Presentation folder for the 1965 Intertel promos

Sales presenter from 1965
Currently up for sale over at ebay is a presentation folder for the 1965 Intertel promos, the folder is said to have come from Brian Epstein's own collection.

It is a 4 page presentation folder, on gray and black textured medium card stock measuring 35 cm by 48 cm.

The presenter was made specifically for the program purchasers of the worlds major TV networks, announcing the completion, for the first time of 5 video clips of The Beatles newest hit songs ready for distribution.

Up until this time, late 1965, the Beatles would do the rounds of the various TV programs in person to mime to their latest singles, and were becoming increasingly reluctant to do so because of their hectic live and recording commitments. So they decided to self produce and videotape their own promotional promotional clips and distribute them for free to the various TV networks.

Ten clips were shot at Twickenham Studios, produced by Tony Bramwell on the 23rd and 24th of November 1965 and distributed immediately. The clips were:

- We can work it out, 3 versions
- Day Tripper, 3 versions
- Help, 1 version
- Ticket to ride, 1 version
- I Feel Fine, 2 versions

The clips appeared on programs such as BBC's Top of The Pops and ITV's Thank Your Lucky Stars in the UK in late 1965 and early 1966. In other countries, the clips also appeared on various pop music shows.

The text is as follows:
Brian Epstein Presents
The BEATLES
FIVE FABULOUS RECORDINGS
FOR TELEVISION
NOW AVAILABLE WORLD WIDE

WE CAN WORK IT OUT
DAY TRIPPER
HELP!
I FEEL FINE
TICKET TO RIDE

The opened folder shows a small black and white photo from each of the filmed songs, and the
text goes: Five fabulous recordings for television * A Subafilms Production
THE BEATLES performing their biggest hits!

The photo captions are:
1. WE CAN WORK IT OUT
Running time 2 minutes 13 seconds
2. DAY TRIPPER
Running time 2 minutes 50 seconds
3. HELP
Running time 2 minutes 16 seconds
4. I FEEL FINE
Running time 2 minutes 20 seconds
5. TICKET TO RIDE
Running time 3 minutes 0 seconds

Here is a superbly produced series of performances by The Beatles.
Specially filmed in London, these recordings feature five of the Group's
biggest world wide hits - including their most recent double-headed
chart topper "We Can Work It Out" and "Day Tripper"

The opened folder

The back of the folder has the address, phone number and cable address to be used for enquiries about the clips. In fine print at bottom of back cover are the words "Designed and Printed by Converta Limited."

The back of the folder
Tony Bramwell talks about these films in his Magical Mystery Tours book: "At Twickenham we shot up to three versions of each promo and simply sent copies of the best, free of charge, to every TV station The Beatles had ever been on. But it was too expensive, so we were told. When EMI called and complained that we had spent a total of seven hundred and fifty pounds, we fell about the office laughing. Their accounts office said it was far too much."

The BBC paid £1,750 for the right to broadcast several on Top Of The Pops, their flagship music show, on various occasions throughout December, and NEMS struck deals with numerous other broadcasters around the world.

1 comment:

Vinz said...

Is that the Bernard Lee of James Bond fame where he played the very first M?