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Skull and Crown (1935)

Rin-Tin-Tin brings the killer of his mistress to justice.



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Cast overview:
Rinty (as Rin-Tin-Tin Junior)
Ann Norton
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Matt - Henchman
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Jennings - Henchman
Dad Miller (as Milburn Moranti)


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Release Date:

5 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Patrulha da Fronteira  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald on 4 April 1942. At this time television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. One of its earliest documented telecasts occurred Sunday 9 January 1949 on San Francisco's freshly launched first television station, KPIX (Channel 5); in Los Angeles it was first telecast Sunday 17 July 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2) and in New York City Wednesday 23 November 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11) (no relation to KPIX, despite the similar call letters). See more »


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Dogs are loyal, even when man is brutal.
4 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't want to refer to dog owners as masters, or even those responsible for them in a working situation. Often, dogs are the key to keeping a human sane or seeing things as they really are or from a different perspective. In the case of the loyal Rinty (Rin Tim Tin Jr.), he's the key to helping retired Mountie Regis Toomey find the killer of his visiting sister, murdered by a criminal named Zorro (no relation to the Mexican hero; the Canadian Zorro is all bad), even though Toomey rejects him while dealing with his grief. Toomey has resigned from the Mounties to have his own investigation, and this leads him to the home of heroine Molly O'Day whose father might be aware of who/where Zorro is. But a good Mountie is nothing without his best friend, and once he realizes how much he needs Rinty, it's only a matter of time before the villain gets their come- uppance.

The legend of the original Rin Tin Tin has survived the years as his ancestors now help ailing children get well. The offspring of the silent movie era Rin Tin Tin is as heroically lovable, even if the movies are cheaply made and predictable formula. Both dogs were often better actors than the human ones, and here, it's no challenge with Regis Toomey as leading man. Absolutely wooden and seemingly not the stuff romantic dreams are made of, Toomey none the less was made a romantic lead in a few films, most unlikely opposite Barbara Stanwyck in "Shopworn". Toomey would feature better in supporting parts, ironically quite memorable supporting Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in a minor but important role in "Meet John Doe". He's barely acceptable here, but as W.C. Fields said, "You can't score when you play opposite a baby or a dog."

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