Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
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 (1920–1992) 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.
Rin Tin Tin guest stars included veteran Western film star and
singer Roscoe Ates and Dean Fredericks, later Steve Canyon, guest
starred in six episodes. Others who appeared were Ron Hagerthy,
later a semi-regular on the Sky King series, and Ed Hinton.
John M. Pickard, star of the similar series Boots and Saddles
(syndicated, 1957–58), appeared three times on Rin Tin Tin. Lee
Van Cleef and Harry Dean Stanton also appeared on the Screen Gems
series. Brad Johnson (1924–1981), known as deputy Lofty Craig on
the syndicated Western series Annie Oakley, appeared twice on Rin
Tin Tin, including the role of Tom Buckner in the episode "Rin Tin
Tin and the Second Chance", on June 1, 1956.
The character of Rin Tin Tin had appeared in several movies and
radio serials since 1922. One of the dogs used in the TV series
was the fourth in the bloodline of the original Rin Tin Tin.
Reruns of the show ran on daytime television and on Saturdays
on CBS from October 1959 until September 1964. A new set of reruns
was shown in 1976, and continued well into the mid-1980s. The
original black and white prints were tinted light brown.
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.
Original run October 15, 1954 – May 8, 1959