Caroline Frick, “Hollywood Comes to Town: Preserving Community Films of Cultural Significance in Texas,” Texas Heritage Magazine, Spring 2014, pp. 8-12

Robert D. Craig, “Melton Barker and ‘The Kidnappers Foil,'” Stream of History (Arkansas Historical Society), May 2011, pp. 14-23 (Newport Production)

Chris Garcia, “The Enigmatic Auteur,” Austin American Statesman, November 26, 2005

Chris Garcia, “What Became of Melton Barker? Now We Know,” Austin American Statesman, December 30, 2005

Caroline Frick, “Jackrabbit Genius Melton Barker, Itinerant Films, and Creating Locality,” The Moving Image, Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2010, p.xiv

Ann Kelley, “Itinerant Filmmaker Had Kids Seeing Stars,” The Oklahoman, October 8, 2007

Vanessa Toulmin, “‘Local Films for Local People’: Traveling Showmen and the Commissioning of local films in Great Britain, 1900-1902,” Film History, Vol. 13, 2001,  pp. 118–137

Web Resources
Kidnappers Foil Facebook Group
Childress Palace Theater Kidnappers Foil Page
National Film Preservation Foundation
National Film Registry


Interview with Judy White, Odessa’s Betty Davis
Recorded in 2009 by Moving Image Archivist, Dwight Swanson

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