The Local Gang in Kidnappers Foil – Pine Bluff, AR, 1952

This version of an Our Gang style itinerant film, made by Texas filmmaker Melton Barker, stars a local cast from Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1952. When their friend Betty Davis is kidnapped, the local children pull together to find her. Once the kidnappers are caught and turned over to the police, the gang celebrates with a party and talent show. The Kidnappers Foil was among the 25 American films deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant through their addition to the 2012 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.