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"The Lone Ranger" (1949) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1949-1957

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The Lone Ranger -- The West becomes wild when a greedy rancher stirs up trouble with a local Native American tribe.  As the threat of war grows, it’s up to the Masked Man and his faithful companion, Tonto, to keep the peace.
The Lone Ranger: Season 5: Episode 39 -- Actors Laina and Dewitt Faversham are behind many robberies throughout the West, but when they arrive in Cedar Springs they might have met their match.
The Lone Ranger: Season 5: Episode 38 -- The Grody Brothers rob the express office in Flat Rock and are in cahoots with an unlikely ally.
The Lone Ranger: Season 5: Episode 37 -- The Calico Kid and his partners rob the Cattlemen’s Association Office in Denton. The Lone Ranger steps in to take down The Calico Kid.
The Lone Ranger: Season 5: Episode 36 -- When Tonto witnesses the shooting of the bank president by his own son, Tonto’s life is put into danger.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
15 September 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Jay Silverheels ... Tonto / ... (217 episodes, 1949-1957)

Clayton Moore ... The Lone Ranger / ... (169 episodes, 1949-1957)
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Series Directed by
Hollingsworth Morse (50 episodes, 1950-1953)
George B. Seitz Jr. (32 episodes, 1949-1951)
Oscar Rudolph (32 episodes, 1954-1957)
Earl Bellamy (29 episodes, 1956-1957)
Wilhelm Thiele (26 episodes, 1954-1955)
Paul Landres (23 episodes, 1952-1953)
George Archainbaud (14 episodes, 1949-1950)
Charles D. Livingstone (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Writing credits
Fran Striker (81 episodes, 1949-1956)
Tom Seller (37 episodes, 1949-1957)
Joe Richardson (28 episodes, 1950-1955)
George W. Trendle (22 episodes, 1949-1957)
Charles Larson (21 episodes, 1952-1957)
Dan Beattie (20 episodes, 1950-1955)
Harry Poppe Jr. (15 episodes, 1949-1955)
Ralph Goll (15 episodes, 1950-1955)
Curtis Kenyon (15 episodes, 1950-1955)
Eric Freiwald (13 episodes, 1954-1957)
Robert Schaefer (13 episodes, 1954-1957)
David P. Sheppard (10 episodes, 1950-1953)
Herb Meadow (10 episodes, 1950-1951)
Betty Joyce (8 episodes, 1950-1955)
George B. Seitz Jr. (6 episodes, 1949-1953)
Felix Holt (6 episodes, 1950-1955)
Tom Dougall (6 episodes, 1951-1955)
William Bruckner (6 episodes, 1953-1955)
Jack Laird (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Robert Leslie Bellem (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
Doane R. Hoag (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
Gibson Fox (5 episodes, 1949-1950)
Eve Greene (4 episodes, 1950)
Edmond Kelso (3 episodes, 1949-1957)
Polly James (3 episodes, 1949-1950)
Doris Schroeder (3 episodes, 1949-1950)
Ande Lamb (3 episodes, 1949)
Joseph F. Poland (3 episodes, 1950)
Steve McCarthy (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Bert Lambert (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Wells Root (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Terence Maples (2 episodes, 1953)
Samuel Rice (2 episodes, 1955)
George Van Marter (2 episodes, 1955)
Hilary Creston Rhodes (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Herbert Purdom (2 episodes, 1957)

Dwight V. Babcock (unknown episodes)
Hal G. Evarts (unknown episodes)
Shirley Ulmer (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer (182 episodes, 1949-1955)
Harry Poppe .... associate producer (182 episodes, 1949-1955)
Sherman A. Harris .... producer (39 episodes, 1956-1957)
George W. Trendle .... producer / executive producer (16 episodes, 1949-1954)
Jack Wrather .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1954-1957)

Paul Landers .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert Pittack (104 episodes, 1952-1955)
Mack Stengler (78 episodes, 1949-1951)
William P. Whitley (39 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Film Editing by
Everett Dodd (59 episodes, 1949-1957)
Frank Capacchione (57 episodes, 1949-1957)
Ben Marmon (17 episodes, 1949-1955)
Marsh Hendry (16 episodes, 1950-1955)
Ernie Leadlay (8 episodes, 1953)
Harvey Manger (6 episodes, 1953)
Axel Hubert Sr. (5 episodes, 1949-1953)
Richard G. Wray (5 episodes, 1949-1952)
Stanley Rabjohn (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Hal Gordon (2 episodes, 1956)

John Faure (unknown episodes)
Stanley Frazen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Howard Campbell (52 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Set Decoration by
William Stevens (19 episodes, 1954-1955)
Harry Reif (10 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Costume Design by
John Sacha (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Gene Hibbs .... makeup artist (52 episodes, 1954-1955)
Ben Lane .... makeup artist (39 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Production Management
Hugh McCollum .... production manager (39 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (67 episodes, 1949-1951)
Herbert S. Greene .... assistant director (41 episodes, 1952-1955)
Gene Anderson Jr. .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1956-1957)
George Loper .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1957)
Mark Sandrich Jr. .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1956-1957)
Hal Herman .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1950)
Francis X. Baur Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1949)

Richard Bremerkamp .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Leonard J. Shapiro .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Van Hessen .... sound (60 episodes, 1949-1951)
Earl Snyder .... sound (52 episodes, 1952-1953)
Robert B. Lee .... sound recordist (52 episodes, 1954-1955)
Philip Mitchell .... sound (29 episodes, 1949-1957)
William Brady .... sound (15 episodes, 1956-1957)

Byron Chudnow .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Marsh Hendry .... sound (unknown episodes)
Francis J. Scheid .... sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Clayton Moore (1 episode, 1954)

Troy Melton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Barlow Simpson .... lighting technician (91 episodes, 1954-1957)
Edward Petzoldt .... chief electrician (52 episodes, 1954-1955)
Maynard Rugg .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bachler .... wardrobe (21 episodes, 1956-1957)
John Zacha .... wardrobe (16 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jack Ruggiero .... supervising editor / editorial supervisor (182 episodes, 1949-1955)
Everett Dodd .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Music Department
Elias Friede .... music supervisor (8 episodes, 1956-1957)
 
Series Other crew
Freddie Fralick .... tv coordinator (52 episodes, 1952-1953)
C.D. Livingstone .... tv coordinator (51 episodes, 1954-1955)
Bertram Millhauser .... story editor (39 episodes, 1956-1957)

Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (221 episodes)
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (1949-1956) | Color (1956-1957)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Uniquely, "The Lone Ranger," as televised on ABC, offered 4 seasons of a new episode each week for at least a year without a rerun. From 1949-1951, the first 78 episodes were aired and then rerun in the same order. For the subsequent seasons beginning on Sept. 1952, Sept. 1954, and Sept. 1956, the same format was followed with 52 consecutive new episodes which were aired and then rerun in the following 12 month period. The young viewers would have to wait "until the same time next year", often coinciding with their school year or summer vacation, to see a rerun of a favorite or "missed" episode.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
The Lone Ranger:Hi-yo, Silver, away.
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Soundtrack:
Finale from 'William Tell Overture'See more »

FAQ

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Classic, 2 April 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The 221 episodes of "The Lone Ranger" were originally broadcast on ABC from 1949 to 1957; and then for many years they played in local syndication. For most of the original broadcast years the series was ABC's most watched piece of programming.

The new DVD set from Pop Flix contains the first 16 episodes (15 Sept-29 Dec 1949) and for some reason unknown to me episode 22 from the fifth season, for a total of 17 episodes (the same 17 available on last year's Mill Creek Entertainment release so these are probably in the public domain). These sets pretty much render "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" movie superfluous as all three episodes that were combined in 1952 to form the movie are included in these releases.

The early episodes hark back to radio as there is considerably more voice-over narration used as an introduction and to introduce key plot moments.

The series itself was pure kiddie western with clear-cut good and evil distinctions and no romance. The title character (played by Clayton Moore) started out Texas Ranger John Reid. The first three episodes provide the background for his transformation to Lone Ranger status, his partnering with the Indian Tonto (Jay Silverheels), and the taming of his horse "Silver".

There is an unambiguous code of positive morality infusing each episode. The Lone Ranger is totally good but he adopts the guise of evil. While a masked man in the west was normally feared by the good citizens and an Indian was distrusted, the Lone Ranger is feared by those who would do evil. One persistent theme is that when the Lone Ranger and Tonto first encounter an average citizen they are greeted with suspicion, and by the end of the episode the citizen has been convinced of their value. The trademark ending was a secondary character asking the question: "who was that masked man?".

To really enjoy the series you must accept it for the simplistic morality tale it was intended to be. If you don't take it seriously and keep wishing for some self-reflexive campy parody elements you will only get frustrated.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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