Frozen River (1929)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family, Crime  |   Release Date - Apr 20, 1929 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Canine star Rin Tin Tin makes his all-talking (or is it all-barking?) debut in Warner Bros.' Frozen River. In characteristic fashion, Rinty braves the elements to rescue heroine Nina Quartero from the villains, a gang of cutthroats and thieves. The doggie hero also comes to the aid of little Davey Lee, a saucer-eyed child star best remembered for his appearance opposite Al Jolson in The Singing Fool (1928). Reportedly, Rinty didn't immediately warm up to Lee and tried to take a nip out of the kid during one scene, but the four-legged star was quickly mollified by his trainer Lee Duncan. Its behind-the-scenes intrigue notwithstanding, Frozen River proved that Rin Tin Tin was capable of weathering the talkie revolution.

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friendship, animal, damsel-in-distress, dog, rescue, robbery