From the late 1930s into the early 1970s, Dallas native, Melton Barker and his company, Melton Barker Juvenile Productions, traveled all over the country – from Texas and New Mexico to North Carolina and Indiana – filming local children acting, singing, and dancing in two-reel films that Barker titled The Kidnappers Foil.

This website was designed to track Barker’s travels, look at his life and methods, illustrate the practice of itinerant filmmaking, and attempt to uncover new films.
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Special thanks to Barker researcher Dwight Swanson for all of his contributions.