Good Ol' Freda

Good Ol' Freda

DVD - 2013
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Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big The Beatles. Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. As many people came in and out of the band's circle, Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; witness to the evolution of the greatest band in history.
Publisher: Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 GOOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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A very sweet documentary about Freda Kelly the head of the Beatles fan club. Despite being close to all the madness of Beatlemania, she has remained a down-to-earth delight.


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A_Unique_Artist123
Aug 28, 2019

What a satisfying, and heartwarming documentary. Even though the Beatles are my favorite, it's hard to really understand the full scope of their lives, and what Beatlemania was like, because I was born in the 2000's. However, after having watched this film (and having a good laugh or two throughout), I can really understand the full experience of being a Beatles fan. Freda really makes it easy for the viewer to understand what a colorful, and vibrant time period the 60's were. I definitely feel more connected to the fab four and I love them even more because of this film. Definitely one of my favorite Beatles documentaries (I've seen almost every Beatles film under the sun).

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gates2
Nov 21, 2018

What a gem, really enjoyed it. Some comments complain that there was no dirt shown on The Boys (as she calls the Beatles), but she was what sounds like a dear friends to all of the Beatles families, socialized with them, danced, dined. Shows the impact of these fanzines were to the success of the Beatles, and a clear statement how thankful they were to Freda and her work.

I would have liked to hear from Freda what it was like to think of copy for the fanzines and how she decided to answer the thousands of letters that came in.

But a really enjoyable video, glad to have watched it!

Great insight into the Beatles and the woman who was their secretary, confidante, and friend. Her integrity and loyalty to the Beatles shine through in this film. What a wonderful woman! The film brings back fond memories of the Beatles for those of us who were fortunate enough to have been around when they were in their prime.

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Matinee
Dec 20, 2016

I recommend this documentary for fans of The Beatles. Being the band's secretary would have been such a great gig! Good Ol' Freda is rated PG for some thematic material and smoking.

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ba_library
Jul 12, 2016

Very cute movie about a Liverpool teenager who became the Beatles' secretary and fan club coordinator from the beginning - she would go to the Cavern club in Liverpool for their lunchtime concerts. Fun to see her talk about their parents (visiting Ringo's mother every week) and George Harrison's father teaching her ballroom dancing. She knew the boys personally and is very respectful of their privacy. She claims she got the job because she was a Beatles fan herself. Is an interesting story from someone with an inside perspective. She does not elaborate or compromise the band or her position with the band for money or fame.

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bjohns
Jan 03, 2016

Not very fact filled nor action packed but a good, heartwarming story. A remarkable woman swept up in an interesting phenomenon. This film puts a human, day-to-day face on the Sixties and the Beatles in particular. Worth a view when you need a laid back documentary.

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jescar82
Oct 28, 2015

A must see for any Beatles fan, however if you are hoping to hear Beatles gossip you will be quite disappointed. What a wonderful, witty and charming woman.

Atticus14 Aug 17, 2014

I enjoyed it but if you're looking for gossip you'll be disappointed. She was with them from beginning to end and seems she was honest as well as loyal. She decided to keep a low profile even when it's clear that she could've capitalized on her position and made millions. Freda seems like a woman with integrity who basically came out of the shadows in order to leave a footnote in her family history, mainly for her grandchildren.

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ms_mustard
Aug 03, 2014

very interesting doc about the secretary to the manager of the Beatles who also organized the Beatles' fan club. she reveals her story more than 50 years after the fact, having maintained her privacy as well as not telling-tales about the Beatles and their families, all of whom were her friends.

soatja Jun 16, 2014

Pretty thin gruel here. Good ol' Freda is disingenuous about her early relationship(s) with the lads, and it doesn't get any better from there. Nothing in terms of business dealings, though she was Brian Epstein's ("Ep" to insiders) secretary, at least for a little while. (Actually, it's a little unclear exactly what Freda's role was--director/secretary of The Beatles' fan club, mostly.) Wonderful description of the atmosphere in the Cavern Club when the early Beatles were the reigning house band but not much more after that. The doc doesn't even feature Beatles music, except for a couple of songs. Disappointing.

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