The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
DVD cover of The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
Directed by Kathy Dougherty
Susan Frömke (as Susan Froemke)
Albert Maysles
Produced by Susan Frömke
Starring John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
Ed Sullivan
Murray The K
Distributed by MPI Home Video (1991)
Apple Films (2004)
Release dates
13 November 1991
3 February 2004 (USA)
9 February 2004 (other countries)[1][2]
Running time
83 mins
Language English

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit is a 1991 re-edited version of renowned documentary filmmaking team Albert and David Maysles' 1964 16mm documentary What's Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A., about the Beatles' first visit to America in February 1964. It documents the Beatles' US trip as they travel to New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami Beach. Footage of the Beatles (often acting irreverently in front of the camera) in hotel rooms makes up the majority of the non-musical portion of the film.

The main difference between the original 1964 documentary and the 1991 re-edited version is that 22 minutes[3] of the Beatles' live recorded performances on The Ed Sullivan Show have been inserted the 1991 release. However, as the 1964 documentary is 81 minutes long[4] and the 1991 version is 83 minutes,[5] some 20 minutes of the 1964 documentary have been excluded, such as several scenes with Brian Epstein.[6]

The original 1964 documentary is still being shown at various festivals, such as the Silverdocs in 2008,[7] and was also shown at a special screening at the Maysles Cinema in New York on 18 November 2011 in honour of Albert Maysles' 85th birthday.[8]


  • Track listing 1
    • The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #1) 1.1
    • The Washington Coliseum Concert 1.2
    • The Ed Sullivan Show (Miami) 1.3
    • The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2) 1.4
  • Footnotes 2
  • External links 3

Track listing

The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #1)

  1. "All My Loving"
  2. "Till There Was You"
  3. "She Loves You"
  4. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

The Washington Coliseum Concert

  1. "I Saw Her Standing There"
  2. "I Wanna Be Your Man"
  3. "She Loves You"

The Ed Sullivan Show (Miami)

  1. "From Me to You"
  2. "This Boy"
  3. "All My Loving"

The Ed Sullivan Show (NYC #2)

  1. "Twist and Shout"
  2. "Please Please Me"
  3. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

In addition to the live performances, there are also studio Beatles recordings heard on the program's soundtrack. Among them are "She Loves You", "I Saw Her Standing There":, "Love Me Do", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "It Won't Be Long". Other recordings featured are "Navy Blue" by Diane Renay and "Pride And Joy" by Marvin Gaye.


  1. ^
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  3. ^ Retrieved from the film
  4. ^ IMDb: Duration of "What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A." Retrieved 28 January 2012
  5. ^ IMDb: Duration of "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit" Retrieved 28 January 2012
  6. ^ Huffington Post 14 July 2007, David Haber: "Mods And Rockers Festival: Really With The Beatles" Retrieved 28 January 2012
  7. ^ What's Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A.Silverdocs 2008: Retrieved 28 January 2012
  8. ^ Egotripland: "A Special Screening of What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA" Retrieved 28 January 2012

External links

  • Article about the film on the Beatles official website
  • The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit At the IMDB
  • Article in Huffington Post about the 1964 documentary Retrieved 2012-01-28