In Rotten Apple 10, Iamaphoney called to our attention to an often missed clue in the movie Yellow Submarine. For a brief period when the Beatles are aboard the Sub, there are two Pauls.
The movie does feature a full set of Beatles lookalikes in the characters of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but those characters were motionless in Pepperland during this scene. There is also a surreal scene with eight Beatles when they cross their own path in the Sea of Time. But both of those examples make sense in the context of the film unlike the scene with the two Pauls aboard the Submarine. In fact the two Pauls are only visible on the screen for a brief moment. I had seen the film at least a dozen times and had never noticed the second Paul on the Sub.
The double-Paul from Yellow Submarine is repeated in Rotten Apple 49, which features a much more detailed look at clues in the movie and some clever audio of the Beatles version of the title song mashing up into an Iamaphoney version. It’s interesting that a film in which the Beatles claimed to have very little input would have clues in it, but there does seem to be several including a tombstone for a “William McMillen” shown near the end of Rotten Apple 49.
In 1999 Apple released the Yellow Submarine Songtrack CD to coincide with the remastered DVD. In fact this is the best evidence of how great the Beatles catalog will sound when it is finally remastered. The CD insert contains many colorful pictures from the movie. Isn’t it surprising that the two Pauls, which are only on screen for a second would be one of the pictures featured in the CD booklet?
Also in 1999, MacFarlane Toys released a set of Yellow Submarine action figures Series 1. Each package came with one Beatle and one other character from the film. But guess what? It is a set of 5: John, Paul, George, Ringo and….Paul.
The Two Pauls
Now why would they need two Pauls?