The Man With A Movie Camera

Friday, February 22, 2013


The practice of itinerant filmmaking - traveling from town to town, charging a fee for residents to become the stars of a film - mostly died out in the early 50's. But one man continued the practice for nearly 40 years, filming the same movie over and over again. Bob talks to Caroline Frick, Executive Director of the The Texas Archive of the Moving Image about her decade-long fixation on filmmaker Melton Barker and his oft-filmed movie The Kidnapper's Foil. 


You can watch several versions of The Kidnapper's Foil at


The Hut Sut Song - from The Kidnapper's Foil


Caroline Frick

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Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

Jenny Bell from Salt Lake City Utah

Does anyone recognize the song at the end of the interview?, I believe it's one of the world war II pop tunes, something like "hot so roll sittin on a little..." and a trail of nonsense sounds.

Feb. 28 2013 01:28 PM
Paul Sanchez Yates from Los Angeles

Very reminiscent of Trent Harris's Beaver Trilogy--one of the most inspiring and heartfelt mia culpa's ever made. Thank you for this wonderful insight into a seldom seen side of filmmaking.

Feb. 25 2013 05:07 PM
Grace from Austin, TX

Had Ms. Frick as a professor here at UT for Film History and LOVE that you're featuring her! Great teacher and person!

Feb. 25 2013 12:05 PM

This sort of story is the reason OTM is the only radio program I recommend to friends--at least the smart ones. I am fascinated with the Kidnappers Foil and will be forcing folk to watch various iterations of it for the foreseeable future. Thanks!

Feb. 25 2013 03:24 AM

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