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Hollywood Dogs: From Rin Tin Tin to Uggie

Author Susan Orlean
Rin Tin Tin, trainer Chelsea Riggins and Dorothy Yanchak, President of Rin Tin Tin, Inc. 
Brigitte ("Stella" on ABC's "Modern Family") and trainers Sarah Clifford and
Heather Long
Oscar ("The Lucky One," "Cats & Dogs"), trainer Gina Johnson  and Jone Bouman, American Humane Association

With a screening of “Clash of the Wolves” (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin, with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla 

"Man’s Best Friend" has gotten a wonderful publicity boost from the movies. Canine cinema mythology has enhanced human appreciation of a dog’s loyalty, heroism, humor and intelligence from the earliest days of film with such immediate audience favorites as "Rescued by Rover" (1905) and "The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog" (1905).

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More than any other four-legged actor, the dog has achieved a unique stardom with such long-lasting box office stars as Strongheart, Teddy, Lassie, Pete the Pup, Benji and particularly Rin Tin Tin. The original Rinty (there would be several over the years) was rescued in Germany during World War I by a U.S. soldier who would mold him for Hollywood stardom, resulting in his becoming one of the biggest box office draws of the late 1920s. The popularity of Rinty’s films would practically underwrite a struggling studio known as Warner Bros. and afford a young writer named Darryl F. Zanuck some of his earliest success.

Present were Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend; animal trainers Sarah Clifford, Gina Johnson, Heather Long and Chelsea Riggins; Jone Bouman, director of communications for the American Humane Association's Film & TV Unit; and Dorothy Yanchak, President of Rin Tin Tin, Inc.; and canine actors Brigitte, Oscar and Rin Tin Tin for an evening of photographs, film clips, behind-the-scenes secrets and surprises. No pawtographs, please!

Event Information

June 6, 2012
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
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