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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Angie McCartney ...
Billy Kinsley ...
Tony Barrow ...
Pete Best ...
Himself (archive footage)
Billy Hatton ...
Rachel Norris ...
Herself, Freda Kelly's daughter
Elsie Starkey ...
Herself, Ringo Starr's mother (archive footage)
Joey Bower ...
Herself (archive footage)
June Underwood ...


'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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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Good Ol' Freda: Behind a Great Band, There was a Great Woman  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$136,742 (USA) (29 November 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 Al Lewis, Sylvester Bradford and Fats Domino (incorrectly attributed to Pearl King, Ruth Durand, and 'Joe Robichaux)
Performed by Fats Domino
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If you were ever a Beatles fan, then you simply must see this movie!
13 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not a tell-all movie. It's about Freda, from Freda herself, who thought herself the luckiest girl in the world.

When you think you've seen every documentary about the Beatles or Beatles phenomenon, along comes this absolutely charming film about the member of their organization almost solely responsible for the unbridled love their fans felt for them on a global scale.

Freda clearly loved them as family, and never stopped loving them. It's as if she's speaking of her brothers. As she tells her story, you'll be transported back in time, and you'll feel that excitement you felt when you first discovered the Beatles. Freda's loyalty never waned, and the joy and glow she felt in her job and relationship with the boys just radiates off the screen.

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