Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Rin Tin Tin was a
German Shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield by soldier Lee Duncan. Duncan
trained Rin Tin Tin and secured him silent film work. He was a box office
success, appearing in 27 films and gaining worldwide fame and increasing the
popularity of his breed as household pets. After the death of the original in
1932, others from his lineage continued on the tradition of appearing in radio
Rusty, Lt. Masters and Sgt. O'Hara with Rin Tin Tin.
In 1954, Screen Gems produced The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Initially, Rin Tin Tin IV was
planned to star in the show, but most of the work was performed by Flame Jr.,
owned by trainer Frank Barnes, and Rin Tin Tin’s descendant Hey You. The series
followed the adventures of Rusty (Lee
Aaker), a boy orphaned in an Indian raid and now residing at Fort Apache
with the US Cavalry, as he and his dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers
establish order in the American West. James Brown played Lt. Ripley
“Rip” Masters, Joe Sawyer
played Sgt. Biff O’Hara, Rand
Brooks played Corporal Randy Boone, and William Forrest played Major
Protecting the west.
The series premiered on ABC on October 15, 1954. It was made on a low
budget and featured a small troupe of 12 actors who often had to play multiple
roles—sometimes in the same episodes. The show ran for 5 seasons and 164
episodes. Following its conclusion, ABC moved it from Friday evenings to late
afternoons until 1961. In 1962, CBS acquired
the broadcast rights to the show and reran it on Saturday mornings until 1964.
In 1976, a new package of reruns aired with the film prints tinted brown and
given a new color opening and closing sequence. Present day reruns were
remastered by Cerulean Digital Color and Animation with new music and some
lines redubbed by different actors.