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The Return of Rin Tin Tin (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 1 November 1947 (USA)
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.


Max Nosseck


Jack DeWitt (screenplay), William Stephens (based on an original idea by)




Cast overview:
Rin Tin Tin III Rin Tin Tin III ... Rin Tin Tin
Donald Woods ... Father Matthew
Robert Blake ... Paul the Refugee Lad (as Bobby Blake)
Claudia Drake ... Mrs. Graham
Steve Pendleton ... Gordon Melrose (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Earle Hodgins ... Joe - the Dog Handler


A World War II Europeazn orphan, Paul(Blake, Robert (I), has lost all faith in humanity. Brough to the Uited States by Father Mathew (Woods, Donald (I)) Paul's confidence and faith are gradually restored through his close association with with a dog, Rin-Tin-Tin (Rin Tin Tin III). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE'S BACK!...in the most human heart-warming picture in years!


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

1 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romay Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)


Color (Vitacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mediocre Film Available Only In Atrocious DVD Release
16 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Robert Blake had been out of the public eye for a decade when, in 2005, he stood trial for and was acquitted of the murder of wife Bonnie Bakley. The trial renewed public interest in both his life and film career, and quite a few long-forgotten Blake films began to make their way to the home market. One of these was the 1947 film THE RETURN OF RIN TIN TIN, which starred the then-thirteen year old Blake in a standard "a boy and his dog" story.

As a movie, THE RETURN OF RIN TIN TIN isn't bad, but neither is it anything to write home about. The story concerns Paul (Blake), a war orphan, who is sent to live with "kindly Father Paul" (Donald Wood)--but the traumatized boy proves unreachable until he encounters canine star Rin Tin Tin (the third German Shepherd of that name.) Unfortunately, no sooner does Rin Tin Tin lure Paul out of his shell than the dog's true owners come to call.

At present the film is only available to the homemarket via a release by Digiview. The DVD case describes the film as "digitally remastered," but don't you believe it. The color is bleached and the picture is so fuzzy that it is often difficult to tell whether you are looking at Blake or at Rin Tin Tin! And in terms of atrocity the sound isn't far behind. No matter how inexpensive the price may be, THE RETURN OF RIN TIN TIN isn't worth it. Avoid it like the plague.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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