The Lone Ranger










               Clayton Moore                                                                                             John Hart

The Lone Ranger is an American, long-running, old-time radio and early television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker.

The titular character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who gallops about righting injustices, usually with the aid of a clever American Indian sidekick called Tonto, and his horse Silver. He would famously say "Hi-yo Silver, away!" to get the horse to gallop.

On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was:

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-ho Silver away!' The Lone Ranger!

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.... The Lone Ranger Rides Again!

Episodes usually ended with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, he's the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away. The theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell Overture, now inseparably associated with the series.

The series also inspired numerous comic books, two movie serials, books, and a live action television series (1949-1957).

The more well known and influential adaptation of the Lone Ranger was the 1949–1957 television series starring Clayton Moore (though with John Hart as the Lone Ranger from 1952–1954) and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.  Jack Chertok served as the producer for the first 182 episodes, as well as a rarely seen 1955 color special, retelling the origin.

The first 78 episodes were produced and broadcast for 78 consecutive weeks without any breaks or reruns. Then the entire 78 episodes were shown again, before any new episodes were produced.

When it came time to produce another batch of 52 episodes, there was a wage dispute with Clayton Moore (until his death, the actor insisted the problem was creative differences), and John Hart was hired to play the role of the Lone Ranger. Once again, the 52 new episodes were aired in sequence, followed by 52 weeks rerunning them. Despite expectations that the mask would make the switch workable, Hart was not accepted in the role, and his episodes were not seen again until the 1980s.

At the end of the fifth year of the television series, Trendle sold the Lone Ranger rights to Jack Wrather (Aug 3, 1954). Wrather immediately rehired Clayton Moore to play the Lone Ranger and another 52 episodes were produced. Once again, they were broadcast as a full year of new episodes followed by a full year of reruns.

The final season saw a number of changes, the most obvious at the time being an episode count of the by-then industry standard 39. Wrather put money out of his own pocket to film in color — then-perennial third place finisher ABC telecasting only in black and white — and to go back outdoors for more than just second-unit style action footage, the series having been otherwise restricted to studio sound stages after the first filming block.  Wrather decided not to negotiate further with the network and took the property to the big screen, canceling TV production. The last new episode of the color series was broadcast June 6, 1957 and the series ended September 12, 1957, although ABC reaped the benefits of daytime reruns for several more years. Wrather's company produced two modestly budgeted theatrical features, The Lone Ranger (1956) (the cast included former child actress Bonita Granville, aka Mrs. Wrather) and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). Exactly what happened remains unclear, but Wrather changed distributors between films, indicating some problem.

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1.  Enter The Lone Ranger (1949) - Clayton Moore: (1st TV program)

This is how John Reid became the The Lone Ranger.

Six Texas Rangers, led by Captain Dan Reid, are ambushed in a canyon by the outlaw, Butch Cavendish and his gang. One ranger, Reid's brother John, survives the attack. He is found and nursed back to health by an old friend from his childhood, an indian scout named Tonto. The younger Reid fashions a mask from his slain brother's vest, and becomes the Lone Ranger.

Writer: George B. Seitz Jr.
Director: George B. Seitz Jr.
Guest star: Tristram Coffin (Captain Dan Reid), Jack Clifford (Jerry), Glenn Strange (Cavendish), George J. Lewis (Collins)


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2.  Three Lone Ranger TV Programs - Combined
This film is a compilation of the first three episodes from the television series They were... "Enter the Lone Ranger", "The Lone Ranger Fights On", and "The Lone Ranger's Triumph". 

3.  The Lone Ranger  Movie (1956) - Clayton Moore [Color]
Mr. Kilgore wants to mine silver on Indian land. The mountain he wants is sacred to the Indians. The Lone Ranger serves as a peacemaker between the Native Americans and the ranchers of the territory. He does his good deeds without calling attention to himself, preferring that his identity remain secret. 

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4.  The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)Clayton Moore [Color with Spanish subtitles] an Eastmancolor Western film, is the second of two theatrical-feature specifically based on and continuing the TV show The Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, reprising their roles from the TV series. The first feature film was The Lone Ranger (1956 film) see above
Three Indians were brutally murdered by a gang of hooded outlaws. Each one possessed a silver medallion, which were sections cut off from a large silver plaque which served as a treasure map to a secret location where a large amount of gold is reputedly stashed. Two more medallions are unaccounted for, and the The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and his friend Tonto (Jay Silverheels) must use all their resources to intercept the gang, prevent further carnage and save the owners of the medallions.

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Legion Of Old Timers
Old Joe Sister


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5.  The 1st and 2nd Lone Ranger Serials<--Click Here  [This is the two 1939 (15) Chapter Serials from Republic]


1930's Lone Ranger Cartoon

1930s Lone Ranger Cartoon - Produced by Roy Meredith - Pathegrams Cine

The Lone Ranger and Tonto capture a band of cattle rustlers and save the life of the rancher in this silent animated short film.


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