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The Beatles' 'Help!' turns 50 and how they almost starred in 'Lord of the Rings'

The Beatles' 'Help!' turns 50 and how they almost starred in 'Lord of the Rings'

There was a lot of hoopla this year over "The Sound of Music," but that isn't the only musical celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Beatles' "Help!" opened on Aug. 25, 1965, and the general consensus at the time was that it was the second-best Beatles movie ever made. When the quartet made their film debut in 1964 with "A Hard Day's Night," Beatlemania guaranteed box office, but artistic expectations were low. Whenever rock-pop acts had previously hit the bigscreen, they were often in quickie exploitation fare, such as "Don't Knock the Rock" (featuring Bill Haley & the Comets and Little Richard) and "Twist Around the...

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