Nearing the end of the filming of the movie we now know as Help!, director Richard Lester discovered a problem. "Our original title was Help, Help, and the lawyer said it had already been registered and you mustn't use it" (Soderbergh, page 52). Alternative titles included Beatles Two and later Eight Arms to Hold You (referring to the oriental deity statue in the film, but also playing on the notion of all four Beatles holding the same woman), until the band complained about having to write such a title song. So returning to the original title, Lester omitted the second word and added an exclamation point to get around the legal concerns, and the movie had its title.
Soderbergh, Steven and Richard Lester. Getting away with it : or, The further adventures of the luckiest bastard you ever saw. Faber and Faber, London, UK, 1999.
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