The Return of Rin Tin Tin (1947)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Release Date - Nov 1, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Actually it's Rin Tin Tin III, grandson of the legendary silent-movie canine star. Filmed in less than glorious Vitacolor, Return of Rin Tin Tin stars Donald Woods as an American priest assigned to a postwar European mission. Bobby Blake (later Baretta star Robert Blake) is a young war orphan whose harrowing experiences have soured him on mankind. Father Woods brings the boy to America, but the lad is still unapproachable until he befriends Rin Tin Tin. The dog restores the boy's zest for living and faith in humanity. A villain threatens to take the dog away, but all ends happily (and tearfully). While not on a par with MGM's Lassie pictures, PRC Pictures' Return of Rin Tin Tin has its heart in the right place.

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boy, dog, mission [religious], orphan, priest