The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

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    • The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      THE ADVENTURES OF RIN TIN TIN

      SCREEN GEMS/ ABC TELEVISION


      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Rust was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin
      were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache AZ and helped
      establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.
      Written by Ed Stephan

      Series Cast
      Lee Aaker ... Rusty (162 episodes, 1954-1959)
      James Brown ... Lt. Ripley 'Rip' Masters / ... (162 episodes, 1954-1959)
      Flame Jr. ... Rin Tin Tin / ... (143 episodes, 1954-1959)
      Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara / ... (14 episodes, 1954-1959)
      Rin Tin Tin II ... Rin Tin Tin (13 episodes, 1954-1955)
      William Forrest ... Major Swanson / ... (10 episodes, 1954-1957)
      1954-1957)
      And many others, notably:-
      William Fawcett ... Captain Longey / ... (6 episodes, 1954-1957)
      Leo Gordon ... Charlie / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1956)
      Monte Blue ... Buffalo Horn / ... (3 episodes, 1957-1959)

      Series Directed
      William Beaudine (19 episodes, 1957-1959)
      Robert G. Walker (7 episodes, 1954-1958)
      And others.....

      Series Produced
      Herbert B. Leonard

      Series Writing Credits
      Douglas Heyes, Roy Erwin
      Lee Berg, Hugh King

      Trivia
      The series was shot on the set of the John Ford western Fort Apache (1948)

      The success of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin caused the cancellation of Gene Autry's The Adventures of Champion on CBS, which was replaced on February 10, 1956, by My Friend Flicka.

      Filming Locations
      Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Chatsworth Reservoir, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Melody Ranch - 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program,
      which originally aired in 166 episodes on ABC from October 1954 until August 1959.
      It starred child actor Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid,
      who was being raised by the soldiers at a US Cavalry post known in the series as Fort Apache.
      He and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers to establish order in the American West.
      Texas-born actor James Brown appeared in every episode as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters
      . Co-stars included veteran actor Joe Sawyer and actor Rand Brooks from Gone with the Wind fame.



      Had to profile this series for two reasons.
      Firstly it was a great childrens series and so popluar,
      that even a Gene Autry series had to be cancelled to make way
      for the airing of the show.
      Rin Tin Tin was a true TV western legend.



      Secondly, it was filmed on the set of
      John Ford's, Fort Apache!
      Not many folks know that!!

      The article below sums up I suppose all our feelings,
      they sure were innocent times!

      A More Innocent Time, 11 June 2005
      Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

      Back in the day when I was in my single digit years, Rin Tin Tin made his television debut in a series about an orphan kid and the German shepherd puppy found by Cavalry as the only survivors of a wagon train massacre. It was a great TV kid's show and still running in syndication someplace in the world.

      We never knew what Rusty's last name was. Lee Aaker played the boy who I thought was lucky at the time to live and grow up on an army post in territorial Arizona. What a great childhood.

      Aaker was supported by a good group of movie professionals like James Brown, Joe Sawyer, and Rand Brooks. But it was the boy and the dog and like the previous reviewer, I can still hear the cry of Yo Rinty when Rusty sicced him on a bad guy.

      I still remember the episode where Rusty saw the legendary White Buffalo and there were two episodes in which a British colonel and his batman came over from India and later the Fort Apache regulars go over there to deal with real Indians.

      Shows for a more innocent time.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      Keith,
      This may have been answered in one of your previous threads that I have forgotten or missed, but were all these childrens TV Cowboy shows that we here in the US grew up on in the 50's and 60's also being shown at the same time in Great Britain?

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      chester7777 wrote:

      Keith,
      This may have been answered in one of your previous threads that I have forgotten or missed, but were all these childrens TV Cowboy shows that we here in the US grew up on in the 50's and 60's also being shown at the same time in Great Britain?

      Chester :newyear:


      No Jim, not mentioned before
      Indeed they were on TV here, and along with Duke's early
      movies at the Saturday matinees, very much part of our childhood.
      I have included this one along with the other's
      as they were extremely popular, often eclipsing
      the adult shows.
      As some of us were all young at that time, I am sure
      they were all watched by most of our mature members
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      There was one episode of this series that featured Lt. Rip Masters leading a mounted patrol and singing a theme "Ride out, you men of Fort Apache".
      I imagine, and perhaps hope, that the song is lost to the ages, but if anyone can locate it, they're on this forum.




      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      I distinctly remember the white buffalo episode and James Brown as Masters singing that Ride Out song. In fact, he sang in the white buffalo episode too, about the white buffalo. Another favorite of mine. I remember it was on Friday nights, around 7:30 on ABC.
      And a piece of trivia about Rand Brooks who played Corp. Boone. He played Scarlet O'Haras first husband in Gone With The Wind. He was Charles Hamilton, brother to Olivia DeHavillands Melanie Hamilton Wilkes and who won Scarlets hand only because Scarlet figured this would keep her close to Ashley Wilkes.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      I have just bought rin tin tin in colour vol 1.the colour is good quailty.rin tin tin never looked so good in colour or the fort apache location in corriganville.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      ringo kid wrote:

      I have just bought rin tin tin in colour vol 1.the colour is good quailty.rin tin tin never looked so good in colour or the fort apache location in corriganville.


      And here's our link to
      Corriganville Movie Ranch- Posts 9 & 10
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954-1959)

      thanks for the links keith the ranches posts are excellent.i always try to spot the fort or any other location in corriganville that was in fort apache that was used in others westerns.
    • The Wainscott White Buffalo Gang of 1955
      The Wainscott White Buffalo Gang was formed after we watched a life-changing episode (for young boys) of Rin Tin Tin in our back parlour on our tiny black and white TV. The gang was originally called ‘The Red Hand Gang’ and we haunted the back alleyways around the Wainscott Walk. We had a nemesis gang called ‘The ‘Erberts’ that was made up of a combination of Herbert boys, Grants, Smiths and Disneys. As a gang we would meet in my dad’s shed at the bottom of our garden at 30 Wainscott Road where candles would be lit, oaths of undying allegiance taken and our own version of poker played for monopoly money. One fateful Wednesday in a school holiday we were all watching an episode of Rin Tin Tin (Shandy’s favourite TV show) and this episode entitled ‘The White Buffalo’ made such an impression on us that our gang immediately changed its name to ‘The White Buffalo Gang’. You would really need to watch it to understand exactly what happened to us (it’s still obtainable on the internet I believe (dailymotion.com/video/x48309a) – and various forums confirm that many other boys from here and across the ocean in the USA at that time were similarly spiritually affected). Basically, bad white buffalo hunters were killing these animals willy-nilly (Buffalo Bill please take note!). The Indians who depended on the buffalo for meat, clothing etc. tried to stop them. The US cavalry stepped in to mediate between the two sides. Rusty and Rin Tin Tin were told the legend of the white buffalo by the indian chief (the white buffalo would appear only once in a brave’s lifetime to avert imminent danger and disaster – but only if that warrior’s heart was brave and true). The bad white hunters asked the US cavalry captain just who’s side he was on – theirs or the dastardly red-skins? The captain said that he was on the side that was right. The baddie tries to escape and stampedes a whole herd of buffalo. The buffalo trample him. Rusty runs but the herd is still stampeding – oooer missus! The white buffalo appears on the hilltop (cue heroic music) and stops the stampeding herd –. Rusty tells his story and get made an honorary member of the tribe. Well I can tell you that we were well and truly moved by that story and the White Buffalo Gang was immediately formed (you could only become a member if your heart was brave and true). Membership cards were carefully crafted. Mysterious white buffaloes were chalked on Wainscott Walk walls and on paved footpaths. One even mysteriously appeared on Mrs. Herbert’s front door!
      Our hearts were brave and true.
      Happy days, huh!

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