Good Ol' Freda

Synopsis: '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.
Director(s): Ryan White
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Hello, this is John

speaking with his voice.

We're all very happy

to be able to talk to you

like this on this

little bit of plastic.

This record reaches you at the end of

a really dear year for us,

and it's all due to you.

I'd like to say thank you to all

of the Beatle people

who have written to

me during the year.

I'd love to reply personally

to everyone,

but I just

haven't enough pens.

This is Paul here.

We're all dead pleased by the way

you've treated us in 1963,

and we're trying to do

everything we can to please you

with the type of songs we write

and record next year.


I'm running out of my time

and people are

telling me to stop...

Stop! Stop! Stop!

Stop shouting those animals!

So I'll finish now

with wishing everyone

Happy Crimble,

and a merry new year.

Ya Ringo!

Hello, Ringo here.

As you know,

I was the last member

to join The Beatles.

I started to play

gongs in the group 1962.

Thank you Ringo, thank you Ringo.

We'll phone you.

I'm George Harrison!

Nobody else has

said anything yet

about our secretary,

Freda Kelly in Liverpool.

Good old Freda!

So on behalf of us all,

I'd just like

to say a great

big "thank you"...

I was just

a secretary then,

and, funny enough,

I'm still a secretary now,

and who would want

to hear the secretary's story?


of girls around

the world wanted

this dream job:

they wanted to

be the secretary.

She epitomized all their dreams

and all their hopes,

and all these girls wanted

to be Freda Kelly

and to be that

close to The Beatles.

Well, I didn't expect to talk,

maybe grab one of them,

but I wouldn't hurt 'em,

I wouldn't hurt 'em,

I'd just talk to them maybe,

but I wouldn't, you know, grab...


everybody says they're gonna

cut their hair

and everything...

we wouldn't do that.

If you look

at what is history now,

The Beatles were

together ten years.

Freda worked for

The Beatles for eleven.

She was there right

before they made it,

and right after they finished,

so that says it all,


Tell me, when you hear

a Beatles record,

what thoughts run

through your mind?

Beauty, sheer beauty.

The Beatles bring

joy into the world:

they're happiness; we forget our cares

when we hear Beatle records.

Freda was far more than

a secretary to the Beatles;

she was a family member.

She's never had

the same recognition

that a number of people

within the inner circle have had,

simply because she

never pushed herself,

she never wrote a book,

she never agreed to do interviews,

she's always kept a very very

confidential existence.

We came

here at 6 o'clock

in the morning,

30, to see them,

and all they do is push you

farther and farther away

and then they don't even

let you see them!

A lot of people didn't take

these girls seriously,

but I did, because, you know,

I was one of them...

I was a fan me self.

So I knew where

they were coming from.

We grew up with them.

You know, they started

when they were younger

and we were younger.

And all through

these years, we've just

developed with them

and grown up with them,

and they belong

to us, you know?

But there could

never be another Beatles.


She's one

of the last survivors

of the whole Beatles era,

and you know,

this story of Freda Kelly's

will be, surely,

one of the last true stories

of the Beatles

that you'll ever really hear.

I've been a secretary

for half a century,

fifty years,

and that's quite frightening.

This job is interesting,

but it's not as exciting as my last job.

I don't get the phone calls

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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