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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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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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Behind a great band, there was a great woman.

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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 USA:

$6,798, 6 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,742, 1 December 2013
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"It's well known that Beatles music is not in many films, and so we knew that was going to be our largest hurdle from the very beginning. I'd never made a Beatles film before, but when you start talking to people who have, you hear about how it's a nightmare to deal with licenses and it's never gonna happen. So it's a total testament to Freda that we got that far, and that we have four Beatles songs in our film, which I think is almost unheard of. It's very clear, when you start talking to Apple - that's the umbrella organization for The Beatles - that there's still a lot of respect for her in that building... and so I think I'm a very lucky filmmaker, in that I could go to the Beatles organizations, and all the circles that are involved in signing off on Beatles music, and pitch my film as a film about a woman named Freda Kelly, who never sold out The Beatles." - Ryan White from a special features interview on the DVD See more »


Freda Kelly: I know Mama Cass tried to gate-crash, and she didn't get in.
[in reference to a small, inner-circle party that followed the premiere of "How I Won the War"; from one of the deleted scenes on the DVD]
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A personal video message from Ringo Starr plays over the credits. See more »


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A Unique Insider's Perspective on the Wonder of the Beatles
5 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Wow, this is a gift to Beatles fans everywhere! I just had the pleasure of seeing the NYC premiere of this film at the Museum of the Moving Image, with Freda there in person along with the film's director, Ryan White. Freda intimately witnessed the Beatles saga from the beginning to the end, as the Beatles' secretary for her day job, and as head of their fan club during the rest of the day. Of course the beginning is the best part – in the Cavern Club with Pete Best, before Brian Epstein even came onto the scene. The Cavern Club photos are amazing! Freda's earnest devotion to the Beatles and their fans is truly inspiring. If a girl sent the Beatles Fan Club a pillowcase and said "Please have Ringo sleep on this and send it back to me," Freda would take the pillowcase to Ringo's mom and tell her to please make sure her son slept on it. If a fan asked for a lock of hair, Freda made sure it was truly Beatles hair. This film will make you relive the wonder of the explosion of Beatlemania through Freda's eyes. It also provides a wonderful glimpse into Brian Epstein's role in the Beatles' success ("Eppie" to Freda and the Beatles). I loved how Freda was totally unaware of Brian's homosexuality, until the day John told her that if she was ever stranded with Brian on a desert island, she would have nothing to worry about.

Thank you Ringo, Paul and Apple for assisting with this film. Thank you Freda.

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