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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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Ryan White

Writers:

Jessica Hargrave (as Jessica Lawson), Ryan White
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Cast

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

English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,798, 6 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,742, 1 December 2013
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Color
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The DVD special features include an interview with director Ryan White in which he says, "Freda had just graduated from school and was working her first job as a secretary, as a typist, at a food cannery; and two of the guys from upstairs, two of the accountants, took her to the Cavern during a lunchtime session. She'd never seen The Beatles or heard of The Beatles, and they used to play the lunchtime sessions every day in Liverpool. So they took her for her lunch break, and she fell in love right away, and started going every single day; I think she saw The Beatles like 180 times during their lunchtime sessions. So The Beatles became familiar with Freda always being in the audience, so when it became time to hire a secretary, they knew that there was this girl that was always there, and she got hired. She was 17 years old." See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

I Feel Fine
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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All You Need is Freda
1 September 2013 | by richard-1862See all my reviews

This is a story about a secretary and her impact on a band that impacted society and changed the fabric of our world. Freda Kelly was taken into the hearts of the Beatle's family - she was a sister, confessor, wet nurse, and the rainbow bridge to the fans. Undoubtedly, this is the best documentary ever done on the Beatles due to the organic honesty and unvarnished recollections of a woman who avoided cashing in.

I was a puddle of tears at the end. The movie impacted me on so many levels. My mother was a secretary, and with each personal victory that Freda achieved (she was 'sacked' by John Lennon, and within minutes he was on his knees begging her to come back) I was reminded of my own life, and my own mother's struggles during this same time. God bless Freda Kelly, she weathered her own personal tragedies and lived to tell this gripping tale.


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