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The Lone Ranger (1938)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  12 February 1938 (USA)
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CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then ... See full summary »

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Tonto (as Chief Thunder-Cloud)
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Joan Blanchard (as Lynn Roberts)
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Hal Taliaferro ...
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Bert Rogers (as Herman Brix)
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Jim Clark (as George Letz)
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Henchman Kester
Sammy McKim ...
Sammy [Chs. 11-15]
Tom London ...
Henchman Felton
Ray Bennett ...
Henchman Taggart (as Raphael Bennet)
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CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then murder a troop of Rangers. Tonto finds one Ranger still alive and he becomes the Lone Ranger. A Jeffries spy thinks one of five men is the Lone Ranger and to eliminate his enemy, Jeffries has all five captured and sentenced to death. CHAP. 2, THUNDERING EARTH: Jeffries' men plan to wipe out a wagon train of Texans. CHAP. 3, PITFALL: Jeffries forces Blanchard to send a recommendation that he be made Governor. The Lone Ranger chases the courier but a spiked pit awaits him. CHAP. 4, AGENT OF TREACHERY: Jeffries prepares another trap for the Lone Ranger. CHAP. 5, STEAMING CALDRON: Catching one of Jeffries' men who trailed a wounded Jim Clark to their secret caved, there is a fight and the Lone Ranger ends up trapped in a pit with a steaming cauldron. CHAP. 6, RED MAN'S COURAGE: Clark dies from his wounds... Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Original screen play by Barry Shipman, Franklyn Aderon, Ronald Davidson, George Worthing Yates, Lois Eby (all original posters and film credit) See more »

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12 February 1938 (USA)  »

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A Caverna dos Demónios Negros  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Episode Titles: 1) Hi-Yo, Silver! 2) Thundering Earth 3) The Pitfall 4) Agent of Treachery 5) The Steaming Cauldron 6) Red Man's Courage 7) Wheels of Disaster 8) Fatal Treasure 9) The Missing Spur 10) Flaming Fury 11) The Silver Bullet 12) Escape 13) The Fatal Plunge 14) Messengers of Doom 15) The Last of the Rangers. See more »

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A Film That Cries Out for Restoration
20 March 2001 | by (Kansas City, MO, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Lone Ranger" is yet another classic from the Republic thrill factory, one of the best serials ever. It has fine acting (for a serial, anyway), exciting action, thrilling music, and a clever and intelligent plot. Part of the fun is that, unlike most films of this genre, the villain is well-known; the characters (and audience) have to figure out which of the five male leads is the masked Lone Ranger.

I wish I could say "The Lone Ranger" was as exciting to watch as other classic serials as "Spy Smasher" or "Adventures of Captain Marvel," but... unfortunately, due to the serial's divergence from the official Lone Ranger image, most copies were apparently destroyed. My public-domain copy is pieced together from Mexican and French copies, and rendered almost unwatchable by poor picture quality, Spanish subtitles from the Mexican prints, and horrible dubbing in the French prints. The overall effect of the film's state makes it almost unwatchable, but the sheer quality of the movie itself somehow manages to shine through.

If ever there were a film that richly deserves all the benefits of a full restoration, this is it: digital remastering, a new audio track, this serial needs it all!

Somebody needs to come to the Lone Ranger's rescue!


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