Clay Durfee gets word his appeal has been turned down, and he will be hanged Monday. Elsewhere the remains of his gang, including his brother work on a prison break, by using members of the... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Stark Durfee
Adelaide Standish
Ruth Standish
John Daheim ...
Blue Wilson (as Johnny Day)
Tug Kennedy (as John Cason)
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Jose Morenga (as Chris Pin Martin)
Clay Durfee


Clay Durfee gets word his appeal has been turned down, and he will be hanged Monday. Elsewhere the remains of his gang, including his brother work on a prison break, by using members of the Governor's family as hostages. When the gang attack a coach, The Ranger and Tonto intercept the group and rescue the women related to the Governor. The Lone Range organizes disguises for his party and they continue their journey to the state capital disguised as Mexicans. The gang doesn't fall for the ruse and attacks disguised group. The Lone Ranger and Tonto follow the gang to their hide out and begin picking off the gang members. A final confrontation with Durfree's brother seals Clay's fate, and rescues the women Written by glen_chapman <>

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29 June 1950 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[Aboard the stagecoach, carrying the governor's daughter, that had been fleeing from two outlaws]
Ruth Standish: Now there's a masked man and an Indian chasing us.
Aunt Addie: If this is the best protection your father can give us, I'm going to vote for a new governor!
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William Tell Overture: Finale
by Gioachino Rossini
Played at program opening and during closing credits
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Hostages for Ransom!
25 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of "The Lone Ranger" has Clayton Moore adopting a disguise. Mind you, the Lone Ranger was an expert at disguises, but he didn't rely on them in each episode. Nevertheless, he uses one in this episode as Tonto and he set out to protect the governor's daughter, Ruth Standish (Sue England of "Funny Face") from a gang of outlaws who plan to kidnap her and hold her as a hostage to exchange for one of their own who is about to swing from the noose. Stark Durfee (I. Stanford Jolly of "Yukon Gold") is determined that his brother Clay (David McMahon of "Bus Stop") won't die since the governor has not issued a reprieve. Initially, Stark's henchmen--Blue (John Daheim of "Champion") and Tug (John L. Cason of "Screaming Mimi") attack the stagecoach that our two heroines are riding in and kill the driver during the pursuit. The Lone Ranger and Tonto intervene to save the daughter and her kin from being captured. The Lone Ranger and Tonto visit an old Hispanic friend and he furnishes them with disguises so that not only the Lone Ranger but also Tonto--in a rare example--pose as simple Mexican peasants. After the Lone Ranger has convinced the governor's daughter that Tonto and he do not represent a threat, they agree to dress up like simple Mexicans, too. The villains encounter them on the trail and our heroes pass muster. Complications arise when the villains meet the Mexican who loaned our heroes their disguises. He reluctantly has to confess what he has done, and Stark and company waylaid our heroes and take the ladies hostage. They knock out the Lone Ranger and Tonto but they don't take the time to kill them. Eventually, our heroes recover from this debacle and track Stark and his henchmen back to their hideout and rescue the girls after the Lone Ranger has a knock down fistfight with Stark.

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