Like the Cisco Kid, this is a show from a couple of decades before my time that I grew up watching in reruns. I’m posting this today in connection with this morning’s post about the original silent-movie era Rin Tin Tin.
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin television program (1954-1959) followed the ups and downs of a young orphan boy named Rusty (Lee Aaker), who is a kind of mascot at a U.S. cavalry outpost called Fort Apache in the time of the Indian wars. His faithful canine companion and the hero of every episode is the German Shepherd dog Rin Tin Tin (the latest in a series of German Shepherd stars by that name stretching back to the 1920s.) Rusty’s father figure is Lt. Rip Masters (James Brown), with the comic relief being Sgt. Biff O’Hara (Joe Sawyer). The flavor is very strongly “John Ford…plus a dog.
I loved this show as a kid in the mid 70s. Watched it in syndicated reruns every day, and re-enacted the episodes on the playground. Most of the episodes were less than 20 years old at the time I discovered them, but they seemed like relics from the 19th century!