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Good Ol' Freda (2013)

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A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

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Angie McCartney ...
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Billy Kinsley ...
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Tony Barrow ...
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Pete Best ...
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Rachel Norris ...
Herself, Freda Kelly's daughter
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'Good Ol' Freda' tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles' fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »
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Good Ol' Freda: Behind a Great Band, There was a Great Woman  »

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$6,798 (USA) (6 September 2013)

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$136,742 (USA) (1 December 2013)
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The first independent film to have successfully licensed original Beatles recordings. See more »

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A personal video message from Ringo Starr plays over the credits. See more »

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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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Come for the Beatles, Stay for the Secretary
25 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There probably isn't much to know about the Beatles that hasn't already been revealed in the forty-odd years since they disbanded, and if there were, their former secretary Freda Kelly probably wouldn't tell you. There is some nice information on the Beatles' early career, most notably on their days at the Cavern Club, but this is not so much a documentary about the Beatles as a documentary about what it's like to run a fan club for a cultural phenomenon.

What makes the movie so enjoyable is Freda herself. The distinctly unglamorous woman is wonderfully likable, and it is charming to hear her talk about the pains she took to make sure fans got what they wanted (she continually emphasizes that she was a fan herself). She also tells a little of the Beatles' relatives and varying incidents such as one in which George drunkenly fires her.

But the heart of the movie is Freda, whose loyalty and caring make her surprisingly compelling.

There are a lot of sources for information on the Beatles; this movie is less an insider's view of them than a look at the experience of being an insider. And that turns out to be very interesting.


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