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Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star Paperback – October 13, 2010
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It is also the story of Lee Duncan, the WWI soldier who rescued Rin-Tin-Tin from WWI-ravaged France, brought him back to America and made him famous. Duncan's story itself is fascinating...a complex and ambitious character with a talent for spinning stories who cannot resist the compulsion to mythologize himself as well as Rin-Tin-Tin. Ann Elwood's dogged efforts to disentangle the web of myth and reality are an interesting part of this book.
Also hugely rewarding are the great details of social history gathered by Elwood...stories about the experience of American soldiers in World War I, and of early Hollywood, where movie stars went duck hunting in Venice Beach and the Warner Brothers scrambled to establish a business making movies... and succeeded thanks in part to the popularity of their canine star. Ann Elwood is a great storyteller who has done thorough research and lets the fascinating facts speak for themselves!
Most readers now extant were not alive during an epoch in American history when studio shots of canine faces adorned movie posters outside a thousand theaters. The rise of the dog movie star is a curious social artifact that Elwood deciphers with intelligent, thought-provoking verve, enhanced by explorations of the storyboards of Rin-Tin-Tin's movies. And the wealth of accompanying archival material, especially photographs, provides a guided tour to a significant but forgotten time.
Highly recommended for cinema buffs, dog lovers, historians of post-WWI American culture and everyone else who loves finding that special, unusual book that turns out to be a goldmine of provocative ideas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For all dog fanciers and movie fans interested in the original Rin-Tin-Tin (1918-1932), I highly recommend this dual biography of him and of Lee Duncan, the American soldier who... Read morePublished 10 months ago by William Altimari
This book had some information I did not know; it just didn't hold my interest enough to finish it.Published 22 months ago by Tess
Being a child of the 50's and early television, those old 50's TV shows and especially westerns such as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Sky King, Davy Crockett, and Rin-Tin-Tin were a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carl E. Ahlm
Not much about the dog, mostly about whether his owner fibbed about the dog's past deeds. It's just keeps repeating the same thing over and over.Published on August 23, 2014 by Mary Mal
The author spent to much time on such minute details that i got bored with the book. It appears a great amount of research was done but the book itself was boring.Published on August 5, 2014 by average joe
was kind of dragging and repetitive. the story under the heavy read was interesting, because I loved the show when I was a child, and love dogs in general, but I would never reread... Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Gail L Abbott
Interesting but after a while it got weighed down in proving the BS in the Hollywood P.R. story. As a kid I like Rin Tin Tin more than Lassie.Published on March 19, 2014 by Harold A Thurow
Skip this book. The author couldn't be more boring if she tried. Rin Tin Tin barely gets mentioned in the 1st quarter of the book- just disputed facts & the authors assumptions.Published on March 17, 2014 by Pam M.