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    On the Border (Warner Brothers, 1930). One Sheet (27" X 41"). In September 1918. U.S. Air Corps Corporal Lee Duncan discovered a half-starved dog and her five puppies in a blasted dug-out on the battlefields of France. Duncan took two of the puppies back to the USA, but unfortunately, only one survived the journey. Duncan named the dog Rin Tin Tin, a sobriquet that would soon be known far and wide. The "Wonder Dog," as he was often called, reportedly saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. At the peak of his popularity, Warners maintained 18 trained stand-ins to reduce any stress on their dog star, while providing Rinty with a private chef who prepared daily lunches of tenderloin steak (consumed as live classical music was played to help ease the dog's digestion). This gorgeous poster is the best Rin Tin Tin one sheet we have ever seen. The story of the film deals with a couple of border patrolmen who uncover a smuggling ring near the Mexican border in which illegal Chinese immigrants are brought into the country. The ranch they use in the operation is run by an innocent and unknowing older man and his dog. Of course, the dog turns out to be the hero. This sheet had some paper loss throughout the vertical fold. There was some chipping in the upper title area as well as in Rinty's face and into the lower title area. The restoration was done flawlessly and the poster now appears near mint. Fine- on Linen.



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