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British actor selling unseen footage of The Beatles

Unseen footage of The Beatles playing around in the Austrian Alps has been unearthed by British actor Neil Pearson.
The footage was shot by Australian actor Leo McKern while John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison relaxed in the Austrian ski resort of Obertauern during the filming of their movie Help! in 1965.
Rumpole of the Bailey star Leo, who died in 2002, starred as a supervillain called Clang in the film.
His daughter Abigail found the footage in her parents’ garage and approached Neil, who is also a book dealer, as he was helping to sell her mother’s collection of children’s literature.
The 58-year-old actor tells British newspaper The Guardian, “It is unseen footage of people who were, at that time, the most famous people on earth. It is footage of golden age Beatles, fooling around between takes, waiting for something to happen…I know that feeling.”
As well as the Fab Four the film also features their wives and girlfriends, their stunt doubles, a 10-year-old Abigail and the actors John Bluthal and Eleanor Bron.
Neil, Abigail and Eleanor, along with Paul’s stunt double from the film, will introduce a preview of the footage on British TV series The One Show on Friday (12May17).
The actor and book collector is selling the footage, which Leo titled Snow Scenes, and its copyright for $45,000 (£35,000).

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