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Rin Tin Tin

11 Nov

Originally found as a puppy shortly before the end of World War I by an American serviceman named Duncan, Rin Tin Tin served as a Red Cross Dog with his owner. He starred in The North Begins (the first of 26 films), a huge success that saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy, becoming wildly popular. Over the next few decades, Rin Tin Tin and his descendants starred in several films, movie shorts, and radio and TV series. The original died in 1932 in the arms of actress Jean Harlow on Duncan’s front lawn. Later, his body was moved to his birthplace in Paris, France.

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2 responses to “Rin Tin Tin

  1. Ann ElwoodA

    November 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Actually, the story of Rin-Tin-Tin’s birth very likely is myth. The first story that Duncan told (in October, 1919, to the Los Angeles Times) and that three officers of his squadron told goes like this: Duncan and his mates found an adult German shepherd male on the battlefield, and Rin-Tin-Tin was one of a litter born to him and a female German shepherd. That means he was born around the time of the Armistice. He probably did not die in Jean Harlow’s arms, though she did live nearby.

    I am a historian. See my book, Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star, available on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1453866655

     

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