"Mystery tours", overnight bus rides to unknown destinations, were popular in England as low-budget weekend getaways. Most of this movie was shot in a rented bus filled with friends, acquaintances, Beatles office staff, a camera crew, and a handful of experienced actors, rambling around the English countryside one holiday weekend. Everyone was encouraged to invent his or her own character, let whatever was going to happen happen, and the results would be magical. Unfortunately, most of the passengers "acted" like anyone else travelling on a bus tour. John Lennon and George Harrison spent most of the trip sleeping or avoiding the cameras. The bus, with a hand-lettered "Magical Mystery Tour" sign, attracted curious on-lookers who began following in droves. Suggestions to film the chaos mounting outside were shot down. Lennon ultimately ordered the bus to stop, got out, and tore the lettering off the sides. He later derided the whole program as "The most expensive home movie ever made."
I am your friendly Courier. Mister Bloodvessel is my name. Buster Bloodvessel.
When Jimmy addresses the bus from the front, the next shot has him in his seat behind the driver.
Made in England by The Beatles
When the movie was first shown by the BBC in 1967, the beach scene involving Jessie Robins and Ivor Cutler, lasting nearly two minutes, was cut for unknown reasons. Yet when it was re-shown in the 70s, the scene was included.