The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.
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 Tonto (217 episodes, 1949-1957)
 The Lone Ranger / ... (169 episodes, 1949-1957)


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 <>

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Release Date:

15 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El llanero solitario  »

Box Office


$12,000 (estimated)

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(221 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(1949-1956)| (1956-1957)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Lone Ranger's young nephew, Dan Reid, who appeared occasionally on the TV series, was the father of Britt Reid, The Green Hornet (both characters were created for radio by George W. Trendle). See more »


Silver is described as "a fiery horse with the speed of light". According to Special Relativity, an object with mass cannot achieve the speed of light, as this would require an infinite amount of energy. See more »


[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 Mr. Belvedere: Sweet Charity (1985) See more »


William Tell Overture: Finale
by Gioachino Rossini
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One of the best early television series, a true classic

This is a classic television western series. There will be mild spoilers of the basic background for the series ahead:

I suspect that most people reading this will have at least some knowledge of this series, but I'll give a brief synopsis of it anyway. A group of six Texas Rangers go riding after an outlaw gang (the Cavendish Gang). The Rangers are being led into a trap by a scout who is working for the gang and five of them are killed in an ambush. The sixth, a man named Reid, survives, in no small part due to the help of an Indian named Tonto who, in a twist of an improbable nature, met him once before, when Tonto was a boy. Reid helped him then and he returns the favor, calling Reid "Kemo Sabe".

Reid recovers and decides to take up a secret identity to track down and bring to justice bad guys. He dons a black mask and a white hat, calling himself "The Lone Ranger". He saves and then tames a wild white stallion he calls Silver. Having a secret silver mine, he covers his expenses and manufactures silver bullets from the ore taken from the mine. Thus is a hero born.

Clayton Moore played the title character most of the series, though John Hart assumed the role for 52 episodes after the first 78 were produced. When Hart wasn't accepted as the character by audiences, Moore returned. Jay Silverheels played Tonto for the entire run, appearing in virtually every episode. Lots of recognizable faces appeared in the series, most of them before they became famous, like DeForrest Kelly, pre-Star Trek and Victor Sen Yung, pre-Bonanza.

This series is available on DVD, most notably the Classic Media The Lone Ranger: Collector's Edition, a 30 disc release containing all 221 episodes. The set is excellent and well worth having if you're a fan. Recommended.

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