On Dec. 12, 1970, The Magic Christian, a film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, premiered in London. The film, about a rich man and his adopted son testing the premise that people will do anything for money, featured small parts and cameos by Richard Attenborough, Yul Brynner, John Cleese, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski, Raquel Welch and others. The film received negative reviews (Sellers is reported to have wanted to quit the project after seeing the dailies from the first day of shooting).
The most memorable thing from the film was the song “Come and Get It,” written by Paul McCartney and performed by a new band from Wales on the Apple Records label called Badfinger.
“Come and Get It” would reach #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and become the first of several Top 20 hits generated by the band: “No Matter What” (#8), “Day After Day” (#4), and”Baby Blue” (#14). Their song “Without You” would become a worldwide hit for Harry Nilsson.