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The Adventures of
Rin Tin Tin


ABC Network
1954 - 1959
30 Minutes

Sponsored by National Biscuit Company and Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, THE ADVENTURES OF RIN TIN TIN/ABC/1954-59 told the tales of Rin Tin Tin (Blaze Jr.), the canine companion of Rusty (Lee Aaker), a young boy orphaned when his parents were killed in an Indian raid.

Adopted by the 101st Cavalry outfit, a.k.a. "The Fighting Blue Devils," Rusty (promoted to Corporal) and his pet Rin Tin Tin lived at Fort Apache, a frontier outpost in the Arizona Territory of the late 1800's.

Lt. Rip Masters (James Brown), Sgt. Biff O'Hara (Joe Sawyer) and Cpl. Boone (Rand Brooks) were Rusty and Rin Tin Tin's close friends.

When trouble rose its ugly head, Corporal Rusty cried "Yo, Rinny!" and the heroic German shepherd leaped into action to bite bad guys, fight wild animals and save people from disasters.

Rin Tin Tin and Friends

Listen to Theme Lyrics

Theme Song Lyrics

So brave is Corporal Rusty.
Though he is just a boy.
How true as Private Rin Tin Tin
They are the Army's pride and joy.

Yo Rinny, Yo Rinny
Pals through thick and thin.

From all the tales of the West
We'll remember best
Corporal Rusty and Private Rin Tin Tin.

Yo Rinny, Yo Rinny
Pals through thick and thin.

From all the tales of the West
We'll remember best
Corporal Rusty and Private Rin Tin Tin."

The roster of military at Ft. Apache included:

  • Morris Ankrum as Brigadier General Jack Lawrence
  • William Forrest as Mayor Swanson
  • Les Tremayne as Major Stone
  • Robert Lowery as Colonel Stone
  • George Eldredge as Colonel Stanton
  • Captain Davis as Tom McKee
  • William Fawcett as Captain Longey
  • James Brown as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters
  • Joe Sawyer a Sergeant Aloysius "Biff" O'Hara
  • Rand Brooks as Corporal Randy Boone
  • John Hoyt as Corporal Barker
  • Tom Farrell as Corporal Thad Carson
  • Ron Hagerthy as Corporal Tim Crane
  • Hal Hopper as Corporal Clark
  • Herman Hack as Trooper
  • Victor Adamson as Trooper

Lt. Masters and Rusty meet with Indians

Native Americans who lived near Ft. Apache included:

  • Ralph Moody as Chief White Water
  • Jan Arvan as Chief Running Horse
  • Louis Lettieri as Chief Pokiwah
  • Richard Devon as Chief Sasabi
  • Charles Stevens as Geronimo
  • Dean Fredericks as Komawi
  • Dehl Berti as Black Cloud
  • Steven Ritch as Lone Hawk
  • Abel Fernandez as O-ye-tza
  • X. Brands as Brave Bow
  • Larry Chance as Apache Jack
  • Robert Warwick as Big Bear
  • Norman Alden as Black Cloud
  • Iron Eyes Cody as Long Buffalo
  • Charles Horvath as Black Cloud
  • Rico Alaniz as Big Elk
  • Chief Yowlachie as Kipooki
  • Frank DeKova/Peter Coe as Culebra
  • Jerry Eskow as Indian Brave
  • Michael Carr as Indian Brave


TRIVIA NOTE: In 1987, Rin Tin Tin resurfaced in a low-budget syndicated revival called RIN TIN TIN :K-9 COP that aired on the Family Channel. This time Rin Tin Tin (played by Rocky) was teamed with police officer Hank Katz (Jesse Collins) from a special canine unit of the Toronto Police.

Obituaries: James Brown:  04/11/1992; Joe Sawyer: 04/21/1982

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