Unused Magical Mystery Tour costumes
In their made for TV movie “Magical Mystery Tour”, The Beatles wore animal costumes in the “I Am The Walrus” segment of the film. However, they weren’t sure about which animals they wanted to pose as, as this receipt shows.
The costumes were hired by NEMS Enterprises, the late Brian Epstein’s company, from Theatre-Zoo in London, a shop specialising in self-made masks and costumes for theatrical productions and other show business purposes. As you can see from the receipt, “Beatle Films Productions” ordered for the walrus (John): a mask, hood, feet and flippers. Just masks and hoods were hired for a March hare (George), a wolf, a hippo (Paul), a gorilla, a parrot (Ringo), a lizard, a fish and two different frog masks, one half and one full. The costumes were hired for a week – from September 15th to the 22nd. As the 22nd was a Friday, and the costumes was to be delivered back to the store on the first working day after that, they probably went back on Monday 25th of September. The “I Am The Walrus” sequence was filmed on Saturday the 23d.
A fan-made edit featuring outtake-, documentary- and amateur footage.
As you know, John Lennon sang that “the walrus was Paul” in “Glass Onion” – a song on the “white album”. Paul has gone on record to say that they some times swapped costumes.