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One of the first recordings I had a chance to listen to when I first learned about Mary Small, was this song, Slightly Older Man, written by Evelyn Love Cooper, a poet and a friend of hers for many years.  I had the great opportunity to meet her son, also a songwriter, Getschal, who graciously allowed us to use his Mother’s song in the film.  What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall when Mary and Evelyn got together!  This is a great song, enjoy!

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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Eddie Cantor used to say you know, you go to a grocery store you gotta pay for the milk, you go to a meat market you gotta pay for the liver, but entertainers, they don’t get paid, they get asked all the time to do benefits…and anybody who called Eddie Cantor or Mary Small for a benefit… they were there!

Joe Franklin, From The Little Girl with the Big Voice, a documentary


This extremely rare recording is of Mary Small performing her original song, “Thank You, Mr. President,” with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in honor of Franklin Roosevelt’s Birthday on January 30, 1942. The annual event was part of a March Of Dimes fundraising drive. Special thanks to J. David Goldin for preserving and providing us with this unique piece of American History.

Rare letter here from Mary Small to columnist for the Hearst papers, Mr. Louis Sobol.

Dear Mr. Sobol, From the child-prodigy days you were someone I’ve always had the warmest feelings for – a little girl can sense, in an adult, a niceness, when so many grown-ups are merely patronizing and ‘tolerant’ to tots. I’ve never forgotten it and it’s more than gratifying to know you haven’t changed an inch these many years later – now that I’m a ‘mommy’. It was so good to speak with you, however briefly – and I’m more grateful than I can say for the invaluable mentions. With fifteen years of affection.

Here’s his obit in the New York Times.

Now for something also interesting, I found an old diary transcribed for the net here… EILEEN’S DIARY. It’s a perfect window into the life of a typical radio listener in 1937.

Here is the long entry for Thursday, February 25, 1937:

Quite cold out. Leo’s foot better. Outdoors awhile to see calf again. Really cute. Mom says to call it “Martha.” Came on George’s birthday. Charlie Browning wanted me to come in in pm. to type. Steady job for as long as I want it. Really like it. My own desk & every thing. Went home at 6:00. Had to get some typing done. I did dishes. Listened to Rudy & Mary Small on Maxwell again. All 3 of us kids playing Solitaire. To bed at 9:30.

The Maxwell show was in 1937.  There’s more to this story as well…but it ain’t pretty.  Neither are the details of natural selection.