Nick Small and Chip Frye (Small & Frye)
Created by Larry D. Sweazy
"Disney sent me the script for Small and Frye and I thought it was charming," McGavin says. I thought the kids would like it."
-- Darren McGavin
You might as well file this under "Kiddie Pulp."
Small & Frye was a short-lived 1983 Disney production starring TV vet Darren McGavin as NICK SMALL, a gruff (but not-too-gruff) old-school gumshoe, and Jack Blessing as his eager-beaver young partner, CHIP FRYE.
Their agency was decidedly small time, and the partners struggled to eke out a living, therefore often having to take cases a more successful agency might pass on -- not exactly a ground-breaking premise.
But there was a slight catch: thanks to a nasty chemical accident, Chip had the ability to reduce his physical size down to about six inches
Which would have been a great help in many of their investigations, except for the fact that Chip couldn't always control his ability to shrink, resulting in some memorable moments, such as bering trapped inside a priceless violin the duo had been hired to recover. Ah, the hilarity.
Not exactly hard-boiled.
Still, McGavin, who'd already played a wide range of TV investigators, from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer to Carl Kolchak, was a good choice for the lead. His easy-going geniality was a perfect match for the show whose biggest fault may have been it was a little too sweet and goofy for its intended audience.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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