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The Small Fry Club (children, hosted by "Big Brother" Bob Emery)

    (Dumont daytime, 1947 - 1951)

     When television was in its infancy, Bob Emery (a veteran 
     local radio host who previously spelled his name "Emory") 
     moved to New York and got a job as an announcer and producer 
     at the Dumont Television Network in 1946.

     The "Small Fry Club" developed out of local Massachusetts 
     radio shows Emery did for children since 1921 (one of which 
     had that same title), and the success of a Dumont children's
     series called "Movies For Small Fry", which Emery narrated 
     as an offscreen voice.

     The "Small Fry Club" was a 5-day-a-week show Monday through 
     Friday, which lasted on Dumont for three years; and some say 
     it was the first live daily children's show on network TV.

     After its run on the Dumont network, just before Dumont got 
     merged into ABC, Emery returned to Massachusetts where "The 
     Small Fry Club" continued to originate out of a local Boston 
     TV station. It has been described as a gentle show with Emery 
     wearning a business suit and tie, playing the role he originated 
     on radio, of "Big Brother Bob Emery."


Open Theme: "The Grass Is Always Greener"

    [a 1924 popular song composed by a famous song-writing team;
     THEME information from author Donna Halper]

     Composers: Richard A. Whiting (ASCAP) and
                Raymond B. Egan (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Remick Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Remick Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                        c/o Warner Bros., Inc.
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Composition Date: 1924

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Close Theme: "So Long Small Fry"

    [THEME information from author Donna Halper]

     Composer: William F. Wirges (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Shawnee Press, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Shawnee Press, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of Delaware Water Gap, PA

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Other Themes: "The Small Fry Laughing Song", "Small Fry Happy Talk Time", and
                             "Small Fry Jamboree"

     Composer: William F. Wirges (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Shawnee Press, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Shawnee Press, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of Delaware Water Gap, PA

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