One of the great treasures I came across in researching entertainers who aided in the war effort for my film, The Little Girl with the Big Voice, was a recording Mary did with Jimmy Stewart. This clip comes from a bond rally show where Mary played an infatuated fan of Jimmy’s who didn’t realize he was standing right next to her. Mary spent not only the war years supporting the effort but continued her support afterwards so that our veterans could be funded as well as the country. They were both symbols of The Greatest Generation.
In this clip Mary does some back and forth with Jimmy Stewart, pretending she’s a star-struck fan. This was one of many stars Jimmy Stewart worked with in his life but I’d love to know if he ever had any reflections on her… it wouldn’t surprise me, Mary rubbed off the right way on almost everybody back then. Here’s a great blog dedicated to Jimmy Stewart.
This War Bond Rally radio spot from August 20, 1947 (possibly earlier as the war was over in 1945) on the show Guest Star features Mary Small and Jimmy Stewart. In the first part of the recording posted here Mary sings. In part two, included in the following post, Mary interacts with Jimmy Stewart, pretending to be his biggest love-struck fan.
More examples of her patriotic duties and charitable efforts during WWII and afterward are spread throughout this blog. I discovered this recording thanks to Jerry Haendiges at the Vintage Radio Place found @ http://www.otrsite.com/.