Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA, The

White Fang, billed as “The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA, was a large house pet of comedian Soupy Sales on the children’s program THE SOUPY SALES SHOW/ABC/1955-56/59-61/SYN/1966-68 & 79.


White Fang’s counterpart was Black Tooth, a.k.a. “The Kindest Dog in the Country.” Black Tooth, the whiny one, had a black furry paw and White Fang, the gruffer one, sported a white fury paw.

During each program, only the dog’s hairy paws would jut out in front of the television camera followed by growling or whining sounds which only Soupy Sales seemed to understand.

Frank Nastasi supplied the character’s dog like sounds and puppeteer Clyde Adler manipulated the paws from off camera. Of course, these silly off screen canines were not beneath throwing cream pies into Soupy’s face.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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