All too often, pit bulls get a bad rap. In fact, negative stereotypes about pitties - that they're aggressive or dangerous - are so prevailing that in some places these days the dogs have actually been banned.
But long before all that nonsense about them being a "problem breed," one lovable pit bull in particular was proving they could be quite the opposite - a celebrity.
During the nascent days of cinema, when filmmakers were only beginning to explore the possibilities of the medium, an unlikely actor emerged as a silver screen pioneer. His name was Mannie: "the first cinematographic dog star."