Friday, June 19, 2009
Rin Tin Tin (A Memory Of A Childhood 1950's Saturday Morning TV Show)
I am the type of person who’s mind can just wander with non-tangible eclectic thoughts like random snap shots going through a slide projector. During one of these moments, I remembered an old episode of Rin Tin Tin, a Saturday morning TV show on ABC. To put this in the perspective of the time frame, the television series ran from 1954 through 1959. It was at a period of time that the ultra conservatives were in control and the viewpoints were blatantly racist stereotypes.
To start with, let me give you the base of the story line. Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid, (i.e. those heathen bastards killed that poor little white boy’s Mommy and Daddy). Rusty with his dog, Rin Tin Tin (everyone loves a boy and his dog; just look at Timmy and Lassie) were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande, AZ.
This one particular episode was that for the benifit of some visiting dignitaries, the solders from the local Calvary Fort that Rin Tin Tin and Rusty “B-Company” (the little boy’s name) lived at, were going to put on a reenactment show with the local Indian tribe. The reenactment was a gun fight battle that the Troops had originally won and everyone was supposed to use blank cartridges. Of course the Indians plotted to use real bullets and the solders from the fort would be defenseless. Ah! Not to worry because Rusty “B-Company” over heard and found out the evil Indians' plot but he and Rin Tin Tin had to hurry back to Fort Apache to warn Lt. Rip Masters (cool name) and the troops that they were in danger.
Well the reenactment had started and as far as the visiting dignitaries knew, the solders being shot and falling down was just part of the show. It was not until after several of the Fort’s troops were shot and killed by these scheming and not to be trusted Indians, did they realize that something was very wrong. Those men were really dying?!?!
Now just in time before all of the troops in the reenactment were doomed, the Calvary came charging in being lead by Lt. Rip Masters, Rusty, and Rin Tin Tin to save the day. After several Indians were killed, they turned tail and ran just like the cowards they really were.
The show ended back at Fort Apache recapping the story and laying praise on everyone for stopping the evil plan of the Indians. All's well that ends well and the camera goes to black with everyone laughing and smiling (with dog barking happily) to return next Saturday with a whole new episode foiling another evil scheming plan.