Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

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Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Lokke Heiss » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:53 am

Well, which is it?

The books about the amazing Rinty leave the dashes out, but the movies themselves seem to often put them in, at least in the advertising.

Does anyone have an official ruling on this, or is it just personal preference?

I'd like to say 'I don't have a dog in this fight,' but that's probably the wrong maxim to use for this situation.
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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:35 am

When in doubt, go with the source. In this case, that would be the films.

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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Lokke Heiss » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:40 pm

Sounds good, but from what I can see, some films use the hyphens and some don't.

The one film where I can find a photo of the title credits shows his name hyphenated, so I'm going with that unless someone comes up with a better answer.
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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:40 pm

Ephraim Katz spells it without the hyphens, if you consider him authoritative.

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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Saint-Just » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:42 pm

Jim Roots wrote:Ephraim Katz spells it without the hyphens, if you consider him authoritative.

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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by bobfells » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:15 pm

The original Rinty of the 1920s always seemed to be billed with hyphens. I've never checked for certain but this seems to be pretty consistent.
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Unread post by Hamilton's Grandson » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:22 pm

Film Year Books and Standard Casting Directories have it spelled Rin-Tin-Tin.

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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:32 pm

I searched "Rin Tin Tin posters" and you see it both ways. I don't think there's much consistency.

Here's two examples for the original Rinty, both Warner Bros. silents:

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Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Unread post by Lokke Heiss » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:43 pm

With all this confusion, I channeled the spirit of Rinty to ask this question, figuring him to be the final authority. His response was brief:

"Am I the name above the title?"

"You sure are."

"Am I the star?"

"Of course, Rinty. You are THE star."

"Then they can put dashes or daffodils, or whatever they want. I don't care. They're not coming to see how my name's spelled, they're coming to see ME."

And that is that.
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