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Help! (1965 film)

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Help! (1965)

Help! is the second full length feature starring the Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr,) directed by Richard Lester, following A Hard Day's Night, also directed by Lester. Unlike their previous feature, which was more of a day-in-the-life mockumentary, Help! is much more of a spy spoof. In it, the Beatles, Ringo Starr in particular, are chased by a band of cultists from an unnamed eastern cult, because Ringo is wearing their sacrificial ring. The cult is joined by a mad scientist, who wants the ring so he can rule the world. They're chased across England, to Switzerland, and finally to the Bahamas before the end. Being a Beatles movie, several Beatles songs are mixed in between the action scenes.

The following weapons were used in the film Help!:


Webley Mk V

Professor Foot (Victor Spinetti) uses a Webley Mk V when he intervenes during the cultist assault on the Beatles' residence. Foot would later turn the revolver at the Beatles in order to get the ring off Ringo's finger. However, the revolver misfires and Foot had to make a hasty retreat.

Webley Mk V .455 Webley
Professor Foot wants the ring.
"British, you see. Useless! If I had a Luger..."

Enfield No.2 Mk.1*

Professor Foot is later armed with an Enfield No.2 Mk.1* revolver with spurless hammer. (Maybe he couldn't afford that Luger.)

Enfield No.2 Mk.1*. The professor's Enfield had wooden grips, however.
Professor Foot in Buckingham palace. He later loses this pistol.
Professor Foot in the Bahamas with another Enfield No.2 Mk.1*.

Walther P38

Ahme (Eleanor Bron) rescues the Beatles from Professor Foot with a pink Walther P38, which matches her outfit.

Walther P38 9mm
Who could do such a thing...
...although, it really DOES go well with the outfit.


L1A1 Self Loading Rifle

British soldiers on Salisbury Plain are armed with the L1A1 Self Loading Rifles to protect the Beatles while the band recorded their new album. The rifles all have wooden furniture which sets them apart from the later L1A1 version which had a fiberglass stock and grip.

L1A1 SLR, original model - 7.62x51mm NATO.
The business end of a British SLR. Since these are obviously real tanks, these are probably real soldiers, with their real rifles.
The British troops retreat, despite being backed up by SEVEN Centurion tanks.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

A Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifle is used by either Professor Foot or his hapless assistant Algernon (Roy Kinnear) to capture Ringo in the Bahamas.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British.
The kidnappers make sure it's really Ringo before snatching him.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

Buckingham Palace guards parade with Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
Palace guards drill with their rifles.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the primary rifle used by both sides in this film, including the Bahamian police.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Clang inspects his troops.
Clang's troops prepare to battle the police. For some reason not a shot is fired but instead a melee erupts.
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Machine Guns

L3A1 (Browning M1919A4) machine gun

L3A1 machine guns were seen mounted on the British Army's Centurion tanks on Salisbury Plain.

Browning M1919A4 on M2 tripod - .30-06
A commander's Browning fires during the attack at Salisbury Plain. Note the conical blank firing adapter, as well as the blank rounds in canvas belts.
Ahme helps Paul into a stolen Centurion.

Maxim machine gun

In a very brief scene a truck mounted Maxim machine gun is seen but never used.

The Maxim is on the truck far right. It is never fired.

L7 Machine Gun

One of the British soldiers guarding the Beatles on the Salisbury Plain is armed with an L7 GPMG. The L7 is a variation of the FN MAG.

British L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
The one on the right has the L7.

Heavy Weapons


The cultists use many antiquated weapons, including a Panzerschreck (minus the shield.) They use one to take out the Centurion the Beatles are escaping on.

Panzerschreck rocket launcher 88mm
The Panzerschreck crew prepares to fire. Note the rear crewman holding a blue rocket ready to load. Judging by the shape of the projectile it is not an original PS rocket but a prop.
The distinctive trigger of the Panzerschreck.
A fiery end to the Beatles. (Or IS it?)

Royal Ordnance L7

The Centurions are armed with Royal Ordnance L7 105mm guns. The tanks fire several times during their defense of the Beatles on Salisbury Plain.

The business end of a Royal Ordnance L7.

QF 2.95 inch Mountain Gun

The cultists use QF 2.95 inch Mountain Guns on Salisbury Plain.

Help QF 1.jpg
Help QF 2.jpg

Brass cannon

The most antiquated gun the cultists have at their disposal is an antique brass cannon, fired a few times on Salisbury Plain.

Call the museum, see if they've been robbed.

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