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Mon November 7, 2011

11/8/11: Rin Tin Tin - The Life and the Legend

11/08/11: Rin Tin Tin - The Life and the Legend

Salt Lake City – A canine orphan of World War I, Rin Tin Tin was rescued from a bombed-out French battlefield and went on to become one of the most renowned names of 20th century entertainment. In her new book, writer Susan Orlean documents the life and legend of the famous German shepherd, his descendants and their owners, tracing in the process the rise of dogs in American life and exploring the bond between humans and animals. Orlean will talk with Doug on Thursday about Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.

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.

Photos of dogs serving in the First World War. Dogs were volunteered by their owners to serve in the war. Those who finished their tours were returned to their owners after the armistice.

"Bruce", a well known messenger dog who is always working under shell fire in the line. (National Library of Scotland)


British Messenger Dogs which gave an exhibition of their skill to Dominion Journalists. (National Library of Scotland)


Benard and Andre were only seven months old when they were first trained to pull a machine gun. When they were one year old, the muzzles came off, and the dogs were trained to load and fire the guns. (TheHistoryBluff.com


A Red Cross Army Dog trained to recover wounded soldiers. The dog itself had been wounded and is receiving medical attention. (WorldWar1Gallery.com)