Crash Course: Little Known History – Rin Tin Tin

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1930: Hollywood star ‘Rin Tin Tin on NBC Radio.

The amazing story of the German Shepherd named Rin Tin Tin.

Corporal Lee Duncan rescued Rin Tin Tin when he was a puppy from a bombed out German kennel near the end of World War I in 1918 and took the dog home to California. When a producer spotted the dog jumping over 10 feet at a dog show, Rin Tin Tin went on to became a massive star, making 26 pictures for Warner Brothers before his death in 1932. At the peak of his career he received some 10,000 fan letters a week.

Rin Tin Tin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California.

Rin Tin Tin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California.

Rin Tin Tin died just before he was to start a new movie. His body rests at Cimetiere des Chiens, the renowned pet cemetery in the Parisian suburb of Asnieres-sur-Seine.  The tombstone of its most famous resident, the original Rin Tin Tin.

Rin Tin Tin died just before he was to start a new movie. His body rests at Cimetiere des Chiens, the renowned pet cemetery in the Parisian suburb of Asnieres-sur-Seine. The tombstone of its most famous resident, the original Rin Tin Tin.

Rin Tin Tin also received the most votes for Best Actor at the first Academy Awards, but the Academy decided giving the trophy to a dog wouldn’t set the right tone for the show.

On the Web: 

Rin Tin Tin: The WOOF Heard ‘Round the World

The History of the RIN TIN TIN Line Dogs

The Legend of Rin Tin Tin

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