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The Lone Ranger (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 25 February 1956 (USA)
Kilgore to mine silver on Indian land. The mountain he wants is sacred to the Indians.

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Kilgore to mine silver on Indian land. The mountain he wants is sacred to the Indians. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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HIS FIRST FULL-LENGTH FEATURE PICTURE...and on the big wide theatre screen! See more »

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In the scene where the Ranger meets the governor with his mask on, the music in the background is the soon to be "Maverick" theme. Both this film and Maverick credit David Buttolph with the music. See more »

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When the Lone Ranger recovers a crate of dynamite it is shown with the fuses and blasting caps already inserted. For safety sticks of dynamite and detonators are stored separately and not joined together until just before their use. See more »

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Narrator: When factories first began to send their pall of smoke over the cities, and farmlands in the east offered only the barest living, Americans turned their faces toward the west. They poured into the new territories by thousands; bringing their household goods, fording the might rivers, and climbing the mountains. Fighting Indians and outlaws, praying, toiling, dying. It was a hard land, a hostile land. Only the strong survived. A new American breed, the Pioneer. In this forge, ...
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Follows The Lone Ranger (1938) See more »

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Maverick Theme
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Written by David Buttolph
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Long Live the Lone Ranger!
24 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Near the end of his famous TV show of the 1950s, "The Lone Ranger," Clayton Moore made this feature film with costar Jay Silverheels as "Tonto." The main plot revolves around Lyle Bettger, who has plans of running the Indians off their land, so he can claim it and the silver mountain they revere. Lyle of course has his field hands who do his dirty work, which includes posing as Indians and causing trouble around in their name, so as to get the town folk on his side and against them. In turn, they will come to insist on the Indians leaving. Robert Wilke is memorable as the meanest guy under Bettger's pay, who looks like he enjoys every minute of it. What Bettger and Wilke don't plan on is the presence of "The Lone Ranger," who has gotten a bandit/outlaw reputation with the town folk, even though he seems to only help those in peril and is always on the right side of the law.

Enough of the plot, the star of the film is Clayton Moore as the bigger-than-life Lone Ranger. Throughout the film we find out how he became The Lone Ranger. Some may think this film, his and Silverheels' performances and his duds of a blue skin-tight suit and black mask are all kind of corny and/or campy. But all of it is the heart of the film, which makes us feel like we the viewer are The Lone Ranger. (He wears his disguise until injustice has come to an end and there is no further need for his alter-ego.) And, this film really delivers the goods. It contains the realistic dangers of the people's lives in jeopardy (who know too much and have to be dealt with,) while embracing the outrageousness of this mysterious ranger and his sidekick. It entertains without being too silly or too violent. Little boys today and of future generations would love it still. It is reported that Clayton Moore loved this chance to be The Lone Ranger, because, as a boy, he dreamed of being a cowboy or a policeman. With this role, he was able to be both. The Johnny Depp remake, which I have no desire to see, can't touch this nostalgic and captivating (with its iconic and timeless trademark scene thrown in at the end) bigger-than-life film.


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