TV Series | | Adventure, Family, Western
Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.
The series was shot on the set of the John Ford western Fort Apache (1948).
The adventures happen in the 1869-1877 period as we can see president Grant in Season 2, Episode 7. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899 so the whole series is an historical mistake.
Towards the end of the 1970s nostalgia boom, this series was re-released in sepia-tone, with new color wraparounds featuring James Brown in character as Lt. Masters, "telling" each installment's story to a group of children.