Show Type: Western

First Telecast: October 15, 1954

Last Telecast: August 28, 1959

Trainer: Lee Duncan

Broadcast History:

October 1954-August 1959, Friday 7:30-8:00 on ABC


Rusty..... Lee Aaker

Lieutenant Rip Masters..... James Brown

Sergeant Biff O'Hara..... Joe Sawyer

Corporal Boone ..... Rand Brooks


    The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin was TV's "other" dog show. Despite some similarities to Lassie - it featured a heroic dog with a small boy as his companion - there were considerable differences between the two shows.

    Rin Tin Tin was set in the Old West and was full of violent action, including gunfights, rampaging Indians, and the like. The boy, Rusty, had in fact been orphaned in an Indian raid, after which he and his dog Rin Tin Tin ("Yo ho Rinty!") were adopted by the Cavalry soldiers at Fort Apache, Arizona. The two were made honorary troopers and for the next five seasons, proceeded to help the Cavalry and the townspeople of nearby Mesa Grande establish law and order on the frontier.

    Rin Tin Tin was a movie favorite of long standing, the first Rin Tin Tin feature having been made in 1922. Three different German Shepherds filled the role in the TV series, two of them descendants of the original Rinty (who died in 1932) and the other the offspring of another movie canine, Flame, Jr.

    Reruns of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin aired on ABC late afternoons from September 1959 to September 1961 and on CBS' Saturday morning lineup from September 1962 to September 1964.

    When the old episodes of Rin Tin Tin were revived for a new life in reruns in 1976, former star James Brown came out of retirement to film new introductions for them. Remarkably, he looked only slightly older than he had two decades earlier when the series had been in production. Although the episodes were in black & White, the 1976 reruns had been tinted a light brown.

    Rinty's saga continued on Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop, which premiered on the Family Channel in 1988.