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Good Ol' Freda

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Good Ol' Freda
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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.
Title: Good ol' Freda
[videorecording]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
digital, optical, rda
Notes: Special features: Deleted scenes ; Screening Q&A with Freda Kelly ; Interview with director Ryan White ; Photo gallery ; Commentary with Freda Kelly and director Ryan White ; Trailer.
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Summary: 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.
Audience: Rating PG for some thematic material and smoking.
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 GOO
Statement of Responsibility: producer, Jessica Lawson ; screenwriter, Jessica Lawson, Ryan White ; directed by Ryan White
Distributor: [Los Angeles, CA] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Performers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Freda Kelly.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC, widescreen presentation.
Other Language: English language ; English, Spanish and French subtitles.
Subject Headings: Groupies Biography Video recordings. Rock groups England Biography Video recordings. Beatles Friends and associates Biography Video recordings. Kelly, Freda Friends and associates Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Groupies
Rock groups
Publisher No: 10619
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Jun 16, 2014
  • soatja rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 19, 2014
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful documentary about a sweet woman who happened to work for the biggest band of all time. You expect dirt but either she doesn't have it or doesn't want to provide it but she gives great insights. Could have been much longer.

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