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Home movie of Beatles filming 'Help!' for sale

Beatles In The Movie "Help!"

A British actor's long-forgotten home movie has emerged as the latest nugget of Beatlemania—and, of course, it's now for sale.

Leo McKern shot nearly 15 minutes of 8mm color film in March 1965 while the Beatles were kicking back in the Austrian Alps between scenes of "Help!"

The silent reel was discovered recently in the family garage by the late actor's daughter, actress Abigail McKern. Her father, who died in 2002, played the swami who desperately wants to seize the ring on Ringo Starr's finger in the Fab Four's second movie.

The never-before-seen footage begins and ends with shots of Abigail, who was 10 years old at the time. Other montages include the Beatles horsing around in the snow, mingling with a brass band, and relaxing with their stunt doubles, the "Help!" cast, and their wives and girlfriends at the time.

"It is footage of golden age Beatles, fooling around between takes, waiting for something to happen," says actor and rare book dealer Neil Pearson, who is overseeing the sale.

Asking price: $45,000.

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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