The Little Girl with the Big Voice by Rafael Moscatel examines the struggles of women and children in the early 1930’s and 40’s through the eyes of Mary Small, a child prodigy, restless wife and dedicated mother whose resilience in the face of constant challenges made her a defining symbol of her generation. Although she was undoubtedly one of the most recognizable stars of the Golden Age, she disappeared an unknown, became a ward of the court and her possessions were discarded in the city dump. She never received so much as an obituary. This film by her long lost grandson attempts to finally right that wrong. Winner of Best Short Documentary at the Burbank International Film Festival (2015), Official Selection Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (2015) and Official Selection of the New York Independent Film Festival (2015).
David S. Siegel has done a tremendous job here in capturing the voices of a number of individuals who made such significant contributions to not just radio but our culture. He elicits more than just facts in these interviews, he allows these actors, singers and writers to really open up in ways they hadn’t before. My research into Mary Small benefited greatly from his interview with her and opened up new lines of investigation I would have otherwise not had. I am thrilled that this book is available to offer a glimpse into not just a different era, but in so many ways a different outlook on life and the entertainment business.