In this clip from The Little Girl with the Big Voice, Mary Small describes what it was like growing up as a child star in the 1930′s. As she says in the film “So you see a child, particularly a girl in those days in the theater, there are two things to look at, you’re suppressed because you cannot play with kids your own age, which is a natural desire, and you are watched over so carefully that you feel like you’re doing something wrong… and you really just want to go rollerskating.”
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One of the coolest things I got to do for The Little Girl with the Big Voice was interviewing Rudy Vallee’s widow, Eleanor Vallee. This really gave me an opportunity to capture a primary resource who knew intimately the way Rudy Vallee operated and the great champion he was of other performers, like Mary Small, to whom he handed her first big break. Thanks, Eleanor for this gracious interview!
Here’s a still from Radio Days which we couldn’t use in our documentary, The Little Girl with the Big Voice. I’m still waiting on a response from Woody Allen that I sent over a year ago asking who inspired this character. I am almost certain it is a composite of Mary Small and Baby Rose Marie, but who knows? Hopefully Woody will see the film one day and let us know!
Very rare footage courtesy of Glenn Santos, showing the Mary Small show on the New Jersey Steel Pier and at the Hippodrome, circa 1936 and seen in the new documentary, “The Little Girl with the Big Voice”
The Little Girl With The Big Voice- photo stills – 2014
Today we were honored to receive the Stanford Law School Fair Use Project’s last letter, stating that the clips we identified in our film were likely protected by the Fair Use Doctrine. We are so sad to see this great program close down but hope our film, The Little Girl With The Big Voice, will one day serve as an example of what can be accomplished, and how history can be preserved with these types of efforts. Learn more at www.marysmall.net.