The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)
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John Reid, the sole surviving Texas Ranger of a murderous ambush, becomes the great masked hero with his companion, Tonto.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Collins (as George Lewis)
Jerry (as Jack Clifford)


The Lone Ranger is the only survivor of an ambush by the Cavendish gang on a detachment of Texas Rangers. Tonto, a childhood companion stumbles across the injured Ranger and nurses him back to health. The Lone Ranger realizes with everyone thinking he is dead; it frees him to go after any criminals he wants. To hide his identity he makes a mask from the vest of his brother, killed in the same raid Written by glen_chapman <>

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Release Date:

15 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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No credit was given (in all 221 episodes) to the orchestra and/or conductor playing "The William Tell Overture". See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story about one of the most mysterious characters to appear in the early days of the west. He was a fabulous individual, a man whose presence brought fear to the lawless and hope to those who wanted to make this frontier land their home. He was known as the Lone Ranger.
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William Tell Overture: Finale
by Gioachino Rossini
Played at program opening and during closing credits
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What a great movie!
10 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode explains the origins of the Lone Ranger and the basis for the series. Without this episode, the entire series makes little sense. The Lone Ranger is more than just a crime fighter. He is a symbol, a living metaphor, for a set of values that place him on a higher plane. Moreover, the story is told in a straightforward and unambiguous manner, making it eminently easy to watch and enjoy. The acting is great and Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels are perfect for the parts. An important component is the musical track which is beautiful and powerful and perfectly compliments the story. What is surprising is that although this is the opening episode of a television series, this episode is actually a full-length movie with a strong story, a wide array of characters and sets, and impressive cinematography. This is not a cheaply made production. Also notable in the cast is Glenn Strange who plays the Ranger's main antagonist. This opening episode of the Lone Ranger saga is a great example of the western movie genre and is something that is definitely worth watching.

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