Rin Tin Tin - Skull And Crown

Crime fighting canine Rin Tin Tin tracks down smugglers in this prairie adventure.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 21, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1935
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • [unspecified] - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Barbara Franklin and Rin Tin Tin are assaulted by the nefarious bandit El Zorro. Rinty is wounded and Barbara is slain while defending the canine. Blaming Rin Tin Tin for his sister's death, border patrolman Bob Franklin (Regis Toomey) sets out to get revenge. Using the information gained from a captured member of El Zorro's gang, Franklin infiltrates the smuggling ring. Through tests of loyalty Franklin must prove himself to King, the gang's boss, while he awaits his chance to meet up with El Zorro. While undercover, he befriends Ann (Molly O'Day) and John Norton (John Elliot), who are being held hostage while their home is used as a hideout. Meanwhile, the loyal Rin Tin Tin risks his life as he relentlessly protects his master.

James Oliver Curwood wrote Skull And Crown and other Rin Tin Tin adventures including The Test (1935), Caryl of the Mountains (1936) and The Silver Trail (1937).

Product Description:

The story concerns the break-up of a band of smugglers whose ringleader is the mysterious, elusive El Zoro. This glowering villain's nemesis is an intrepid border patrolman with an amazing dog.


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Despite its low budget-or on account of it--a fun little movie! Movie Lover: from Springfield, OH US -- June, 30, 2005

The director of this film, Elmer Clifton, worked as an actor with "the man himself," D.W. Griffith, on the Civil War epic 'The Birth of a Nation." Twenty years later, Griffith was completely out of work, but Clifton was quite busy directing little poverty-row pot-boilers like "Skull & Crown." Regis Toomey and Rinty, Jr. shine out in an otherwise leaden but hard working cast. The film moves quite briskly and is fairly suspenseful. It is sad that there was not enough time to build more on the relationship between Bob (Toomey) and Ann (Molly O'Day), but when you gotta get it in under an hour running time, well, "them's the breaks!" The low-budget of the film tends to show from time to time in the extremely rough sound mix. No background music to speak of, and you can often hear the ol' Mitchell cameras grinding away in the background. I believe there is even a shot, where Rinty is digging his way out of a barn, where you can hear his trainer whispering "Dig! Dig!" Oops. The print used for this DVD seems to be an original era print; it is very sharp with good contrast. Sadly, as with so many of these independent films, it was heavily used and bears the scars of many a splicer. Nonetheless, it remains an entertaining little film and a good example of the "dog adventure" story, so popular with James Oliver Curwood and Albert Payson Terhune.

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  • Sales Rank: 51,119
  • UPC: 089218460097
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