Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


1h 51m 1978

Brief Synopsis

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name groups like Peter Frampton and Aerosmith.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1978
Production Company
Robert Stigwood Organization
Distribution Company
Cic Productions; Universal Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Billy Shears, grandson of the famous Sergeant Pepper must save the magical musical instruments of the band from music tycoon B.D. Brockhurst.

Cast

Peter Frampton

Billy Shears

Barry Gibb

Mark Henderson

Robin Gibb

Dave Henderson

Maurice Gibb

Bob Henderson

Frankie Howerd

Mr Mustard

Paul Nicholas

Dougie Shears

Donald Pleasence

Bd Brockhurst

Sandy Farina

Strawberry Fields

Dianne Steinberg

Lucy

Steve Martin

Dr Maxwell Edison

Alice Cooper

Father Sun

Billy Preston

Sergeant Pepper

George Burns

Mr Kite

Carel Struychen

Brute

Patti Jerome

Saralinda Shears

Max Showalter

Ernest Shears

John Wheeler

Mr Fields

Jay W Macintosh

Mrs Fields

Eleanor Zee

Mrs Henderson

Scott Manners

Young Sergeant Pepper

Stanley Coles

Young Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Stanley Sheldon

Young Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Bob Mayo

Young Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Woodrow Chambliss

Old Sergeant Pepper

Hank Worden

Old Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Morgan Farley

Old Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Delos V Smith

Old Lonely Hearts Club Band Member

Patrick Cranshaw

Western Union Messenger

Teri Lynn Wood

Bonnie

Tracy Justrich

Tippy

Anna Rodzianko

Computerette; Dancer

Rose Aragon

Computerette; Dancer

Peter Allen

Keith Allison

George Benson

Elvin Bishop

Stephen Bishop

Jack Bruce

Keith Carradine

Carol Channing

Jim Dandy

Sarah Dash

Rick Derringer

Barbara Dickson

Donovan Leitch

Randy Edelman

Yvonne Elliman

Jose Feliciano

Leif Garrett

Geraldine Granger

Adrian Gurvitz

Billy Harper

Eddie Harris

Heart

Nona Hendryx

Barry Humphries

Etta James

Bruce Johnston

Joe Lala

D C Larue

Jo Leb

Marcy Levy

Mark Lindsay

Nils Lofgren

Jackie Lomax

John Mayall

Curtis Mayfield

Morrow

Peter Noone

Alan O'day

Lee Oskar

Robert Palmer

Wilson Pickett

Anita Pointer

Bonnie Raitt

Helen Reddy

Minnie Riperton

Chita Rivera

Johnny Rivers

Monty Rock

Danielle Rowe

Del Shannon

Joseph Simon

Connie Stevens

Al Stewart

John Michael Stewart

Tina Turner

Frankie Valli

Gwen Verdon

Diane Vincent

Grover Washington

Hank Williams Jr.

Johnny Winter

Wolfman Jack

Bobby Womack

Alan White

Lenny White

Margaret Whiting

Heartland Guest

Gary Wright

Heartland Guest

Barbi Alison

Helena Andreyko

Jennifer Buchanan

Leonard Connor

Sheryl Cooper

Peter Coyote

Carol Culver

Dennis Daniels

Tom Demenkoff

Cindy Devore

Lionel Douglas

Larry Dusich

Deborah Fishman

John Robert Garrett

Ken Grant

Sandra Gray

Mary Ann Hay

Mimi Lieber

Ben Lokey

Kim Miyori

Sean Moran

Joanne O'rourke

Melinda Phelps

Kathy Pickle

Greg Rosatti

Andy Roth

Lou Spadaccini

Dennis C Stewart

Judy Susman

Andy Tennant

Lulu Washington

Richard Weisman

Antonette Yuskis

Carel Struycken

John Stewart

Dennis Stewart

Crew

Dee Anthony

Executive Producer

Patricia Birch

Choreography

Kathryn Blondell

Hair Stylist

George Burns

Song Performer ("Fixing A Hole" "For The Benefit Of Mr Kite")

Alice Cooper

Song Performer ("Because")

Phil Cory

Special Effects

Alan Disler

2nd Assistant Camera

Brian Eatwell

Production Designer

Henry Edwards

Screenwriter

Geoff Emerick

Sound Mixing Consultant

Sandy Farina

Song Performer ("Here Comes The Sun" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "When I'M 64")

Michael Ford

Sound Editor

Richard Forman

Electronic Visuals

Peter Frampton

Song Performer ("Sgt Pepper'S Lonely Hearts Club Band" "Getting Better" "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" "Good Morning Good Morning" "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite" "Golden Slumbers" "The Long And Winding Road")

Les Fresholtz

Sound Rerecording

Robin Gibb

Song Performer ("Oh! Darling")

George Harrison

Song ("Here Comes The Sun")

Ron Hays

Electronic Visual Effects

Christopher Holmes

Editor

Jeffrey Howard

Art Direction Assistant

John C. Howard

Associate Editor

Frankie Howerd

Song Performer ("Mean Mr Mustard" "When I'M 64")

John Lennon

Songs ("Sgt Pepper'S Lonely Hearts Club Band" "With A Little Help From My Friends" "Getting Better" "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" "Fixing A Hole" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "I Want You (She'S So Heavy)" "Good Morning Good Morning" "Nowhere Man" "Polythene Pam" "Carry That Weight" "Mean Mr Mustard" "She'S Leaving Home" "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" "Oh! Darling" "Maxwell'S Silver Hammer" "Because" "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite" "You'Ll Never Give Me Your Money" "Got To Get You Into My Life" "When I'M 64" "Come Together" "Golden Slumbers" "The Long And Winding Road" "A Day In The Life" "Get Back")

John Lennon

Music

Jay Macintosh

Song Performer ("She'S Leaving Home")

Jay W Macintosh

Song Performer

Marvin March

Set Decorator

Steve Martin

Song Performer ("Maxwell'S Silver Hammer")

Paul Mccartney

Music

Paul Mccartney

Songs ("Sgt Pepper'S Lonely Hearts Club Band" "With A Little Help From My Friends" "Getting Better" "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" "Fixing A Hole" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "I Want You (She'S So Heavy)" "Good Morning Good Morning" "Nowhere Man" "Polythene Pam" "Carry That Weight" "Mean Mr Mustard" "She'S Leaving Home" "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" "Oh! Darling" "Maxwell'S Silver Hammer" "Because" "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite" "You'Ll Never Give Me Your Money" "Got To Get You Into My Life " "When I'M 64" "Come Together" "Golden Slumbers" "The Long And Winding Road" "A Day In The Life" "Get Back")

Michael Minkler

Sound Rerecording

Harry Naughton

Choreography Associate

Paul Nicholas

Song Performer ("Sgt Pepper'S Lonely Hearts Club Band" "I Want You (She'S So Heavy)" "Good Morning Good Morning" "You'Ll Never Give Me Your Money")

Ben Nye Jr.

Makeup

Tom O'horgan

Adaptation

Tom O'horgan

Screenplay

Bill Oakes

Associate Producer

Arthur Piantadosi

Sound Rerecording

Donald Pleasence

Song Performer ("I Want You (She'S So Heavy)")

Billy Preston

Song Performer ("Get Back")

Todd Ramsay

Special Optical Effects

Don Record

Titles

Jack Roe

Production Manager

Jack Roe

Other

Owen Roizman

Director Of Photography

Roger Rothstein

Executive In Charge Of Production

May Routh

Costumes

Chris Soldo

Assistant Director

Dianne Steinberg

Song Performer ("I Want You (She'S So Heavy)" "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" "You'Ll Never Give Me Your Money")

Robert Stigwood

Producer

L Andrew Stone

Assistant Director

Jerram A. Swartz

Assistant Director

Robin Wagner

Adaptation

Robin Wagner

Screenplay

John Wheeler

Song Performer ("She'S Leaving Home")

Charles Wilborn

Sound Recording

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1978
Production Company
Robert Stigwood Organization
Distribution Company
Cic Productions; Universal Pictures

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Dolby
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Patrick Cranshaw (1919-2005)


Patrick Cranshaw, the grizzly American character actor who spent the last four decades playing a series of old sidekicks and comic relief in such diverse movies as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) to last year's hit summer film Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), died of natural causes on December 28 at his Fort Worth, Texas home. He was 86.

Born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Cranshaw became interested in acting while entertaining the troops with the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he worked in radio, and slogged his way though bit parts in a few films before landing his first notable (if still uncredited) part as a bartender in the Claudette Colbert western Texas Lady (1955). It took a while before he got his next strong part, but he was memorable in his brief scene as the fidgety bank teller in Arthur Penn's classic Bonnie and Clyde (1967); and appeared as a hayseed in some wildly bad camp fare such as Mars Need Women and Hip, Hot and 21 (also 1967).

But so what if the good movie roles weren't coming? Cranshaw, with his small, expressive eyes, crinkled smile, and scraggly white beard, made for an ideal comic foil in sitcoms; and anyone with a passing interest for spotting character actors can't help but be impressed with his resume on that medium in the '70s: (The Odd Couple, Sanford and Son, The Bob Newhart Show, Mork and Mindy); the '80s: (The Dukes of Hazzard, Growing Pains, Perfect Strangers, Night Court, Diff'rent Strokes); '90s: (Coach, Ellen, Married...with Children, Just Shoot Me!, The Drew Carey Show); and even the 21st century: (Suddenly Susan, Monk).

Most impressively, Cranshaw should serve as model for all struggling actors that sheer persistency can pay off when you're hungry for some good roles in motion pictures, for he was in well in his seventies when he started gaining some decent screen time in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and Best in Show (2000). However, his most memorable moment in film came in the Will Ferrell/Vince Vaughn comedy Old School (2003). Here he played a octogenarian frat boy named Blue; and in one terrific sequence, he's dressed in his longjohns ready to wrestle two topless girls but dies of a heart attack due to overexcitement! He may have not won an Oscar® for his performance, but he developed something of cult following after that great comic turn.

Most recently, he played a Derby owner with Lindsay Lohan and Matt Dillon in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005); and just completed the movie Air Buddies due for release next year. Cranshaw is survived by three children, Jan Ragland, Joe Cranshaw and Beverly Trautschold; his sister, Billie Gillespie; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

by Michael T. Toole
Patrick Cranshaw (1919-2005)

Patrick Cranshaw (1919-2005)

Patrick Cranshaw, the grizzly American character actor who spent the last four decades playing a series of old sidekicks and comic relief in such diverse movies as Bonnie and Clyde (1967) to last year's hit summer film Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), died of natural causes on December 28 at his Fort Worth, Texas home. He was 86. Born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Cranshaw became interested in acting while entertaining the troops with the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he worked in radio, and slogged his way though bit parts in a few films before landing his first notable (if still uncredited) part as a bartender in the Claudette Colbert western Texas Lady (1955). It took a while before he got his next strong part, but he was memorable in his brief scene as the fidgety bank teller in Arthur Penn's classic Bonnie and Clyde (1967); and appeared as a hayseed in some wildly bad camp fare such as Mars Need Women and Hip, Hot and 21 (also 1967). But so what if the good movie roles weren't coming? Cranshaw, with his small, expressive eyes, crinkled smile, and scraggly white beard, made for an ideal comic foil in sitcoms; and anyone with a passing interest for spotting character actors can't help but be impressed with his resume on that medium in the '70s: (The Odd Couple, Sanford and Son, The Bob Newhart Show, Mork and Mindy); the '80s: (The Dukes of Hazzard, Growing Pains, Perfect Strangers, Night Court, Diff'rent Strokes); '90s: (Coach, Ellen, Married...with Children, Just Shoot Me!, The Drew Carey Show); and even the 21st century: (Suddenly Susan, Monk). Most impressively, Cranshaw should serve as model for all struggling actors that sheer persistency can pay off when you're hungry for some good roles in motion pictures, for he was in well in his seventies when he started gaining some decent screen time in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and Best in Show (2000). However, his most memorable moment in film came in the Will Ferrell/Vince Vaughn comedy Old School (2003). Here he played a octogenarian frat boy named Blue; and in one terrific sequence, he's dressed in his longjohns ready to wrestle two topless girls but dies of a heart attack due to overexcitement! He may have not won an Oscar® for his performance, but he developed something of cult following after that great comic turn. Most recently, he played a Derby owner with Lindsay Lohan and Matt Dillon in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005); and just completed the movie Air Buddies due for release next year. Cranshaw is survived by three children, Jan Ragland, Joe Cranshaw and Beverly Trautschold; his sister, Billie Gillespie; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. by Michael T. Toole

Quotes

Trivia

The main reasons for George Burns doing narration instead of letting the actors do any of the dialogue was mainly because of the English accents of Frampton and the Bee Gees (who were supposed to be playing Americans) as well as the fact that Frampton and the Bee Gees had limited acting experience.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States July 1978

Released in United States Summer July 24, 1978

Released in United States July 1978

Released in United States Summer July 24, 1978