Where the North Begins
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Rin-Tin-Tin, as a pup, is lost while being transported across Alaska and is adopted by a wolf pack. As a grown "wolf-dog" Rinty rescues McGrail who has been waylaid while carrying furs across Canada and abandoned for dead. We believe this to be the earliest of the Rin-Tin-Tin films to survive. 75 minutes
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Another "heads up": The first 10 minutes or so, it is mostly domestic scenes of humans, but pay attention because it sets the movie, and explains where Rinty's loyalties lie and why.
If you have ever been in a blizzard in the upper northwest, and are a GSD lover, you will "get" this movie. Given that this was produced back in the 1920's, with very few resources in the upper Northwest, the production on this must have been a huge labor of love for the GSD breed.
Comparison to "Adventures of Rex and Rin Tin Tin"
I watched the "Adventures of Rex and Rin Tin Tin" (with Arabian Horse "Rex") (1935) with my dog, before watching "Where the North Begins". Adventures of Rex and Rin Tin Tin had audio, whereas "Where the North Begins (1923) - no audio, just subtitles. So in the "Adventures of Rex and Rin Tin Tin, when he whined or barked like my dog does, it was entertaining for both of us.
I actually liked the "Adventures of Rex and Rin Tin Tin", but other reviewer on Amazon have not. In that movie, I loved the friendship between horse and dog that the producers portrayed, and the courage of Rinty that is classic GSD.
A big contrast between the two movies is that, to have been basically stranded in blizzard conditions to shoot all of the shots of "Where The North Begins" in the early 1920's, you realize all of the challenges it must have taken to shoot it. They likely had to pack things in, in conditions most people would not be out in. By 1935, however, when the later Rin Tin TIn movies were made (obviously a different dog), there were a lot more resources available. So the producers just even attempting "Where The North Begins" is a huge feat.
It's a children's action movie made by a bunch of guys with an amazing dog and a couple cameras. I love these movies. I'm handicapped and travel with a German Shepherd service dog. Decades after the TV show's re-runs left the air I still hear parents telling their children "Look, there's Rin Tin Tin".