1/18/12: Rin Tin Tin - The Life and the Legend

Jan 18, 2012

A canine orphan of World War I, Rin Tin Tin was rescued from a French battlefield and went on to become one of the most renowned names of 20th century entertainment. Susan Orlean wrote about the life and legend of the famous German shepherd, his descendants and their owners,tracing in the rise of dogs in American life and the cinema and exploring the bond between humans and animals. Orlean talks with Doug on Wednesday about the legacy of Rin Tin Tin. (Rebroadcast)

Check out some videos of Rin Tin Tin's acting chops:

A clip from "The Hills of Kentucky," a 1927 silent film. Read the New York Times' original review of the film.

The first installment in the 1934 movie serial The Law of the Wild, starring Rin Tin Tin, Jr. You can watch the other 11 episodes on the Internet Archive.

If you want the full Rinty experience, watch The Law of the Wolf, a 1939 film also starring Rin Tin Tin, Jr.

An undated episode of the Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, which aired from 1954 to 1959. One of the dogs used in the TV series was the fourth in the bloodline of the original Rin Tin Tin.

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