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Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star Paperback – October 13, 2010
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About the Author
Ann Elwood lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with six cats, a desert tortoise, seven box turtles, and a German Shepherd, Louis, who looks something like Rin Tin Tin in his soulfulness. Now, she teaches history part-time at California State University, San Marcos, spends time with Louis and the other animals, and writes the books she has always wanted to write but never had the time for.
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Elwood's "Rin-Tin-Tin" is an exploration of Warner Brother's first real star as well as an important detailed study of the early historical period of early film. The story is both fascinating and a bit dry due to Elwood's extensive research which has obviously been meticulously researched as there are so many details provided; thus, it is difficult to read and it drags at times.
I was fascinated to learn about the original Rinty, his owner/ trainer Duncan, other dogs in early Hollywood, and of early Hollywood, where movie stars went duck hunting in Venice Beach and the Warner Brothers scrambled to establish a business through a dog star. It was interesting to note how thousands of children wrote Rin-Tin-Tin fan letters, and he answered with a photo with a paw-print. Throughout the book, Elwood uses old pictures of Rin-Tin-Tin which are thought provoking and add interest to the story line. There are pros and cons to this book; however, if you are a dog-lover or have an interest in early film history, this book may be for you.
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