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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!

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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