People love dogs. People also like movies about dogs or movies starring dogs. Even popular cartoon dogs, like Scooby-Doo, Pluto, Goofy, and don’t forget Snoopy. In 1905 (a long time ago), the movie “Rescued by Rover” was the first movie to star a dog. The dog’s real name is Blair. In “Rescued by Rover,” a baby is kidnapped by a beggar woman and the family dog, Rover, comes to the rescue.
You can’t talk about movie star dogs without talking about Lassie. Lassie is probably the most famous movie star dog of all time. Lassie was created in 1938 by Eric Knight. There are still “Lassie” movies. Interestingly, all the “Lassie” dogs are male, and all are descendants of the original Lassie.
Rin Tin Tin was rescued from a trench in Germany when she was just a puppy. He was brought to America by Lee Duncan, who was an American pilot during World War I. Lee Duncan was also his trainer. The first movie that Rin Tin Tin starred in was “Where the North Begins,” which was released in 1925. Rin Tin Tin signed his own movie contract with a paw print, and he made a total of 25 movies in his lifetime.
Remember the movie, “Benji Off the Leash”? And don’t forget Skippy, who starred in movies like “Topper Takes a Trip,” “Bringing Up Baby,” and “The Awful Truth.”
Any discussion of movie star dogs wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention Petey. Petey is a white American pit bull terrier with a black ring around one eye, and he made a movie with a big bunch of kids known as “Our Gang.”
Yes, we love our own dogs, and we love movie star dogs. Nothing is more “American” than apple pie and a boy with a dog!