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Local children foil kidnappers in 1937 films

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 5 a.m.

Photo courtesy Shiloh Museum Victoria McKinney (left) and her mother, Martha Westberg, watch Kidnappers Foil, a 1937 short movie filmed in Northwest Arkansas. Three movies were made that February by itinerant filmmaker Melton Barker of Dallas. Westberg (then Martha Martin) was one of the local children who had a role in the Bentonville movie. The others were filmed in Fayetteville and Springdale.
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Photo courtesy Shiloh Museum Victoria McKinney (left) and her mother, Martha Westberg, watch Kidnappers Foil, a 1937 short movie filmed in Northwest Arkansas. Three movies were made that February by itinerant filmmaker Melton Barker of Dallas. Westberg (then Martha Martin) was one of the local children who had a role in the Bentonville movie. The others were filmed in Fayetteville and Springdale.

"Gee, I wouldn't want to be her," uttered 10-year-old Rhea Seagraves.

Photo courtesy Shiloh Museum James Mashburn (speaking) plays "Butch," who leads the rescuers in the Fayetteville film. With him is his brother William...

Photo courtesy of Shiloh Museum Connie May (in white dress) plays "Betty Davis," the girl who is kidnapped in the Bentonville production of Kidnappers...

Kidnappers Foil

Cast list

BENTONVILLE

Betty Austin, Earlene Austin, Nancy Bautts, Emma Ruth Beasley, Harriett Brandford, Jimmy Craig, Frank DeLouis, Tommy Emanuel, Doris Mae Ericson, Ann Gartside, Dorothy Louise Haxton, Helen Ruth Haxton, Jo Henman, Jim Holder, Barbara Jean Horton, Dorothy Howell, Craig Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Bettie Jo Jones, Alice Jane Knight, Cleo Madison, Naomi Jean Madison, Martha Martin, Connie May, Dorothy Mae McDaniel, Daniel Pickens, James Riddle, Roma Jean Vinson, Jimmie White, Billy White.

FAYETTEVILLE

Dan Charles Allen, Rhea Ash, Annabelle Aumick, Roberta Lee Aumick, Donny Bay Baker, Jack Baker, Mary Ann Barton, Martha Lee Barton, Laura Hill Baxter, John Howard Bayless, Wanda Bean, Larry Bird, Ellen Frances Bradshaw, Vivian Bradshaw, I.W. Brewer, Jr., Edward Brooks, Hugh Brawne, Dorothy Burt, June Buttery, Jeanine Campbell,

William Morris Campbell, Jo Ellen Carlisle, Alma Chaney, Catherine Coleman, Donna Coleman, Billy Compton, Ira Allen Comstock, Edward Wise Cone, Burl E. Davidson, Wilma Jean Davidson, Martha Ellen Dellinger, A.D. Downer, Bobby Eads, Dorine Ediston, Clifton Fichtner, Harry Portis Fletcher, Eugene Furlow, Stella Maris Gary, Mary Bryce Grace, Alene Green, Robert Harris, Clyde Allen Hazlett, Mary Margaret Hooper, Hartman Hotz, Mary Kathleen Huntington, Forrest Kay Huntington, Bobby Huntington, Bob Hunt, George Anna Hurst, Doris Jane Jackson, Frank Jackson, Janice Jacobson, Catherina Kik, Earlene Land, Christine Lansford, Kyle Eugene Lemons, Margaret R. Luke, Treva Mae Luther, James Mashburn, William Mashburn, Glenn Mayer, Billie Jane McCray, Gloria May McCray, Ellis Mills, Glenn Mills, Bob Morse, Carmen Morse, Billy Murphy, Barbara Parrish, Tommy Pearson, Anna Jean Peterson,

Martha Jim Pettigrew, Gayle Marie Phillips, Faye Poole, Billy Porter, Cedric Glenn Pratt, Phillip Pyeatt,

Betty Sue Rich, Danny Roberts, Joe Allen Roberts, Monte Mae Roberts, Dora Bernadine Rothman, Betty Dean Scoggins, Lucretia Ann Schwartz, Freddie Jean Shafer, Bill Sonneman, Raymond Troy Stansbury, Billie Steele, Pat Steele, Annabelle Sullins, Ada Lee Smith, Yvonne Swain, Billy Sweetser, Clifford Leroy Thompson, Gloria Olga Trail, Charlene Troutman, Lawanna Warren, Lucille Welch, Barbara Louis Wester, Barbara Lee Wheeler, Margaret Wilson.

SPRINGDALE

Jack Ames, Wilber Dean Atkinson, Mildred Atkinson, Mary Ann Begley, Patty Bone, Wanda Boone, Madelyn Brogden,

Mary Brown (later Braun), Russell Charlesworth, Betty Sue Curtis, Marguerite Curtis, Arthur Heagler, Jean Heagler, Betty Sue Heerwagen, Albert Hough, Glen David Johnson, Betty Sue Johnson, Wanda Sue Lucas, Link Luckett, Dorothy Mills, Johnny Mincher, Monette Mincher, Howard Overton, Maxine Overton, Gwyn Parrott, Millie Lou Riggs, Kenneth Sisco, Junior Sturdivant, Geraldine Trowbridge, Espen Walters, Margaret Walters, Le Roy Williams, Mary Lou Wobbe, Margaret Ruth Wobbe.

SOURCE: Shiloh Museum of Ozarks HistorY

‘Kidnappers Foil’

What: Screening of 1937-era movies filmed in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church, 206 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale

Sponsor: Shiloh Museum of Ozarks History in Springdale

Information: 750-8165, shilohmuseum.org

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