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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.


Ryan White


Jessica Hargrave (as Jessica Lawson), Ryan White
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freda Kelly ... Self
John Lennon ... Self (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Self (archive footage)
Ringo Starr ... Self
George Harrison ... Self (archive footage)
Angie McCartney Angie McCartney ... Self
Billy Kinsley Billy Kinsley ... Self
Tony Barrow Tony Barrow ... Self
Pete Best ... Self (archive footage)
Billy Hatton Billy Hatton ... Self
Rachel Norris Rachel Norris ... Self - Freda Kelly's daughter
Elsie Starkey Elsie Starkey ... Self - Ringo Starr's mother (archive footage)
Joey Bower Joey Bower ... Self
Linda McCartney ... Self (archive footage)
June Underwood June Underwood ... Self


'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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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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 »


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 »


Love Letters
Written by Victor Young (uncredited) and Edward Heyman (uncredited)
Performed by Ketty Lester
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Unique Insider's Perspective on the Wonder of the Beatles
5 September 2013 | by man_out_of_timeSee 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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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,798, 8 September 2013

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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