The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.
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 Tonto (217 episodes, 1949-1957)
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 The Lone Ranger (169 episodes, 1949-1957)
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The lone surviving Texas Ranger who was nursed back to health by the Indian Tonto rides with him, on Silver and Scout, throughout the West, doing good while living off a silver mine which supplies him with income and bullets. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 September 1949 (USA)  »

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El llanero solitario  »

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$12,000 (estimated)
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(221 episodes)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(1949-1956)| (1956-1957)

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1.33 : 1
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The radio program, the TV series used incidental music from Republic Pictures serials (although with new orchestral arrangements) to fit the many action sequences. Program creator George W. Trendle had obtain rights to the Republic music package as part of the deal for Republic to produce a second Lone Ranger serial. Originally on radio, the show had used German recordings of classical pieces, the only classical music retained later on the radio show and on TV were series' theme of Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture". as well as "The Preludes" by Franz Liszt, used on radio as the bridge in and out of the middle commercial. During 1956-57, which was to become the last season of new episodes, the usual musical score supporting the action scenes was replaced by an incidental music package widely used in early filmed TV series, as well as low budget B pictures and theatrical serials. This was at least a contributing factor to the series' sudden decline in popularity. See more »

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[earliest episodes]
The Lone Ranger: Only you, Tonto, know I'm alive. To the world, I'll buried here beside my brother and my friends... forever.
Tonto: You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.
The Lone Ranger: Yes, Tonto, I am... the Lone Ranger.
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Referenced in The House That Dripped Blood (1971) See more »

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William Tell Overture: Finale
by Gioachino Rossini
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Public Service Announcement, plus a review
8 November 2013 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

This is a public service announcement, paid for by the Hole in the Wall gang, with funds generously donated by the stagecoach that left Carson city 2 hours ago and was held up 10 minutes ago.

In recent years, there have been several low or no budget DVD companies that have come forward and have mass produced DVDs that have episodes of the lone ranger available on them. These companies claim that these episodes are "Best of" and "Classics" But what they will fail to mention, is that every episode they put out is Public Domain and therefore, free to view online without worry of copyright infringement. Some of these episodes are titled as follows - A message from Abe, The Tenderfeet, Old Joe's Sister, Cannonball Mckay, War Horse, Legion of old timers, Rustler's hideout, Enter the lone ranger, and the lone ranger rides again, plus a few more. If you are holding a DVD in your hand which has any or all of these episodes, you have been scammed. Do not let these cheap companies deceive you and take the 5$ from your pocket.

OK, enough with the satire. But really, That's half the reason anyone will watch the lone ranger on DVD, due to the fact that several episodes of the series are no longer under copyright and have fallen into the public domain, therefore making them free to watch, but also free to produce. And because of this, Small DVD companies will get these episodes and sell them in supermarkets for low prices. But what irritates me is that these companies label the episodes "Best of" and "Classics" when they're just public domain.

Now, about the show. This was one of the first TV productions that still runs on Television today. It's a simple concept, really. The main hero is an Ex-Ranger who was supposedly killed on a mission where his brother and 4 other men where betrayed and killed by the Cavendish Gang (On DVD back covers, they call them the "hole in the wall" gang, possibly due to copyright issues.) So upon being saved and brought back to life by Tonto the Native man, The lone ranger swears to bring justice to the wild west in a time of uncertainty and crime.

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