Throwback: Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, or Old Yeller

by jalapenoman | created - 09 Oct 2014 | updated - 27 Feb 2015 | Public

Three of the greatest classic film dogs of all times. Which one is your favorite?

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1. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

84 Metascore

A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 10,865 | Gross: $21.91M

2. Lassie Come Home (1943)

Passed | 89 min | Adventure, Family

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 4,656

3. The Return of Rin Tin Tin (1947)

Approved | 65 min | Drama, Family

The bond between the boy and his dog is the only thing that could bring the boy out of his shell. The plot moves along as Villains plan to steal the dog.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Rin Tin Tin III, Donald Woods, Robert Blake, Claudia Drake

Votes: 93

(Rin Tin Tin begin as a silent film star in 1922. The 41st film of the canine star is the first to actually use the character's name)

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