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Famous German Shepherds from the past
You older folks will remember ol Jack Lalane and his huge white German Shepherd
Below are links to some really great Nostalgic Famous German Shepherd websites..Hope you enjoy them !
My Dog Buddy (starring London)
"The Littlest Hobo" (1958) - "My Dog Buddy" (1960)
The Littlest Hobo, a Canadian series, stars a German Shepherd with a loyal and independent spirit that becomes friend and hero to those he meets.
The Littlest Hobo debuted in 1979 and ran for six seasons. The series hosted many Hollywood stars and became syndicated across the world.
CTV's "Corner Gas" spoofed the series in their 2005 season with an episode titled, "The Littlest Yarbo". In the series, a mysterious German Shepherd
appears in Dog River and Hank is sure it's TV's Littlest Hobo.
Eismanns Books re: London
Rin Tin Tin II & III
The original Rin Tin Tin served as a Red Cross Dog during WWI with his owner Duncan. Rin Tin Tin made 26 pictures for Warner Brothers before his death on August 10, 1932. At the peak of his career with Warner Brothers he received some 10,000 fan letters a week and was considered to be one of Hollywood’s top stars.
Rin Tin Tin II would sire Rin Tin Tin IV, and both dogs were used in the filming of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, which first aired on ABC 1954-1959. The first episode of this canine crime fighter series commenced when the U.S. Cavalry came upon a wagon train that had been attacked by Apache Indians.
The only survivors were a young boy named Rusty and his German shepherd he called Rin Tin Tin. The Cavalry took the boy and his dog to Fort Apache in Arizona, where Lt. Ripley "Rip" Masters made Rusty a Corporal so he could stay on at the fort.
"Rin-Tin-Tin, III" with Claudia Drake
"The Return of Rin-Tin-Tin" (1947)
I believe during the war years of the 1940's, Mr. Duncan spent most of his time
training dogs for the Military. In 1947 he introduced Rin-Tin-Tin, III in a movie titled
"The Return of Rin-Tin-Tin".
This movies was also released as "The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin" and co-starred a young
Robert Blake, Claudia Drake and Donald Woods. I know of no other films starring Rin-Tin-Tin, III.
"The Roy Rogers Show" (1952)
Roy Rogers, Dale Evans
Roy Rogers and Bullet
Roy Rogers' Dog Bullet
Bullet The Wonder Dog was a character on the television series "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951 - 1957). In real life the German Shepherd that played Bullet had the same name, and was also a family pet that was owned by the show's married stars, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. "The Roy Rogers Show" was an action-packed Western with plenty of things for a good, honest, dog like Bullet to do. Bullet was a master at knowing who the bad guys were, always eager bite a gun out of their hand or to tackle them when his human partners were outnumbered. He could run alongside Roy's horse Trigger and keep up no matter where they went, but he also got to ride in Pat Brady's Jeep, Nellybelle. Bullet himself probably lost count of all times he untied Roy or Dale when they had been caught by villains, and of all the bad guys he led them to.
Bullet The Wonder Dog finds some important missing papers.
Bullet receives an award giving him the honorary title of Deputy Sheriff.
Dale Evans is putting a special collar on Bullet.
The above photo is from a season 1 episode titled "Haunted Mine Of Paradise Valley." Bullet is going along with Pat Brady (driving the Jeep Nellybelle) and Roy Rogers (on his palomino stallion Trigger) to investigate a mine where some bad guys may be hiding.
This close-up of Bullet is from a season 5 episode titled "Ranch War." Bullet is looking intently at Pat Brady as Pat discusses fatherhood.
Happy Trails to you~
Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin (often billed as Rin-Tin-Tin in the 1920s and 1930s) was the name given to several related German Shepherd Dogs seen in films and television dramas.
The first of the line of the dogs, was a shell shocked pup found by Amerrican Serviceman, Lee Duncan, in a bombed-out dog kennel in Lorraine France, less than two months before the end of World War I. He was named for a puppet called Rintintin that French children gave to the American soldiers for good luck. The dog returned at war's end with Duncan to his home in LLos Angeles, California.
Nicknamed Rinty by his owner, the dog learned tricks and could leap great heights. He was seen performing at a dog show by film producer Charles Jones, who paid Duncan to film Rinty. Duncan became convinced Rin Tin Tin could become the next Strongheart. The dog's big break came when he stepped in for a recalcitrant wolf in The Man From Hell's River (1922). Rin Tin Tin would be cast as a wolf or wolf-hybrid many times in his career, though not looking like one. His first starring role, 1923's Where The North Begins, playing alongside silent screen actress Claire Adams, was a huge success often credited with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. It was followed by Shadows of the North (1923), Clash of the Wolves (1925), A Dog of the Regiment (1927), Tiger Rose (1929) and The Lightning Warrior (1931). His financial success for Warner Brothers inspired several imitations from other studios looking to cash in on Rin Tin Tin's popularity, notably "RKO's "Ace The Wonder Dog", also a German Shepherd.
Born: Sep 10, 1918 in Germany
Died: Aug 10, 1932 in Hollywood, California
Major Genres: Adventure, Action
Career Highlights: Jaws of Steel, Hills of Kentucky, Dog of the Regiment
First Major Screen Credit: Where the North Begins (1923)
Rin Tin Tin
Died 1932 - Paris, France
His grave is in a cemetery named "The Cimetière des Chiens (et Autres Animaux Exotiques)," in the suburb of Asnieres, hard by the River Seine. The tombstone for the star of American films such as "Jaws of Steel" and "The Man from Hell's River" is made of fruity black onyx, with a gold-leafed "star of the cinema" inscription.
Rin Tin Tin is credited with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy in the 1920s, receiving 2,000 fan letters a week (only 286 a week in dog years). He died at age 16. And he was buried in Paris, France.
Strongheart was the screen name of Etzel von Oeringen (October 1, 1917-June 24, 1929), a German shepherd that became one of the earliest canine film stars. After being trained in Germany as a police dog, he was brought to the United States by husband-and-wife film-makers Laurence Trimble and Jane Murfin, who had previously worked successfully with Jean, the Vitagraph Dog. He appeared in several movies, including a 1925 adaptation of White Fang. Some of these pictures were highly successful, and did much to encourage the popularity of the breed, but most have been lost. A popular celebrity in his day, Strongheart paved the way for the much better remembered Rin Tin Tin. Strongheart and his mate Lady Jule had many offspring and their line survives to this day. In 1929, while filming a movie, Strongheart accidentally fell against hot studio lights and was burned. These burns caused a tumor to form and Strongheart died as a result of it.
"Strongheart - the story of the movies' first German Shepherd star"
by Dan Condon
copyright 2000 by Dan Condon, all rights reserved
During the early days of silent movies there were many heroes. Some famous and some not so famous. Among these were some canine stars that brought more fame and fortune to the movie makers than to themselves.
Little if any is known about these canine stars. There was Teddy, a Great Dane Jean, the Vitagraph dog who was a
Collie Luke, an English Pit Bull - and many others. In the 1920's many more canines appeared. Strongheart, Rin Tin Tin, Peter, Lightning, Flame, Champion, Ranger, Flash and Leader - all German Shepherd dogs. However, the first German Shepherd to star in the movies was Strongheart.
In 1920, famous animal trainer Larry Trimble and writer Jane Murfin decided to search the world for an unusual dog to bring back to Hollywood to star in some feature films. In Germany they found that dog. Born October 1, 1917, as Etzel von Oringer, Strongheart came from a carefully bred, highly efficient family of German Shepherd dogs. He was powerfully built, utterly fearless and weighed 125 pounds. Strongheart was three years old and had been trained as an attack dog. Although he had socialized very little with humans, Trimble knew this was the dog he was looking for and brought him back home to Hollywood.
Strongheart took to acting like a fish to water. He was no longer that trained attack dog brought home from Germany but a magnificent and loving, well-trained German Shepherd dog. After his first movie, "The Silent Call" (1921), Strongheart became a favorite of moviegoers of all ages. He traveled by train across the country making personal appearances. At every stop crowds of people were on hand to see this marvelous animal. From coast to coast, newspapers, magazines, the radio and signs were proclaiming "Strongheart" a sensational new star. Over the next few years he starred in several other movies "Brawn of the North" (1922), "The Love Master" (1924), "White Fang" (1925), "North Star" (1925) and "The Return of Boston Blackie" (1927). He was also paired with Lady Jule, a beautiful female German Shepherd who appeared with him on the screen and with whom he sired many offspring.
While in the process of making a new movie, Strongheart slipped and fell against a hot studio light. The burn that seemed only minor had turned into a tumor in only a few weeks. Strongheart was suddenly gone, taken from those who admired him so much.
There is some discrepancy as to when Strongheart died, but an obituary in a Topeka, Kansas, newspaper gives the date of death as June 24, 1929. At any rate, it was too soon. His popularity did lead to the production of Strongheart Dog Food, which is still available today. There are a couple of books written with reference to Strongheart. Letters to Strongheart and Kinship with All Life written by J. Allen Boone (both available from Amazon.com), both of which are very interesting reading.
Strongheart also produced other famous German Shepherd dogs. "Lightning," Strongheart's grandson, made several movies during the 1930's including "A Dog of Flanders," "Wings in the Dark," "When Lightning Strikes" and several others. Another grandson named "Silver King" made some movies, but he was noted more for making personal appearances promoting his intelligence and teaching safety to children.
There isn't a lot written about these old canine stars. Many people don't even know they existed. But for those of us who admire them and watch their films, we will always remember these wonderful animals that were part of American movie history.