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Who Was That Mashed Man? 

An aged actor famous for his Lone Ranger-type character refuses to take off his mask, even after his studio obtains a court order barring him from appearing as the character in public. He ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Red Ranger (as Robert Barron)
Daniel Frishman ...
District Attorney Vincent Daniels
Mitchell Laurance ...
Bill Oxley
Jan Rabson ...


An aged actor famous for his Lone Ranger-type character refuses to take off his mask, even after his studio obtains a court order barring him from appearing as the character in public. He threatens to commit suicide by dropping a two-ton air conditioner on himself. Dan is tortured by the closeness of District Attorney Daniels's very sexy, very willing, and very off-limits niece, Kitty. Written by crouchbk

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19 November 1987 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the question a stranger would ask at the end of each week's The Lone Ranger TV show: "Who was that masked man?" See more »


The "Red Ranger" is sitting under a two-ton air conditioner. The conditioner is being held up by a rope that is tied to the concession stand, then goes through a pulley fastened to the floor and up over a pulley in the ceiling. The rope is supposed to be stretched tight and under heavy strain, yet the floor pulley is just lying flat. If there had been any strain on the rope the pulley would have been pulled up in a vertical position. See more »


District Attorney Vincent Daniels: [on Kitty] Drives you crazy, doesn't it? So near, yet so far...
Asst. D.A. Dan Fielding: Wait a minute, is that what you're up to? You're gonna taunt me, torture me, drive me crazy?
District Attorney Vincent Daniels: Call it a hobby. Remember: one touch, and I'm cutting you off at the knees!
[He exits]
Asst. D.A. Dan Fielding: [muttering] Yeah, I'd still be taller than you, you little...
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Featured in Night Court: Clip Show: Part 1 (1989) See more »


Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Sung by Marsha Warfield
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One of Night Court's funniest episodes
1 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And that's saying something.

Humor is subjective, but most people would (probably) agree that "Night Court" remains one of the all-time funniest sitcoms. Its perfect blend of clashing character types, an exceptional ensemble cast, and razor-sharp gags, produced one of the highest ratios of LY/M (loud yucks per minute) ever. "Who Was that Mashed Man?" * had me laughing loud and long from the start.

Robert Barron -- whom I'd never heard of -- was a pleasant surprise as Red Ranger (Red Ryder + the Lone Ranger), a star of kiddie Westerns whose legal problems parallel those of Clayton Moore in fighting off Jack Wrather's attempt to keep him from publicly appearing as the Lone Ranger. Barron's good looks, wiry build, and obvious acting ability should have resulted in his casting in dozens of Westerns. Instead, he spent the latter part of his successful career writing and producing children's programming.

This is one of those rare TV episodes you'll want to share with friends.

* It's "mashed", not "masked". Many gags involve the grisly aspects of Red Ranger's threatened suicide under a two-ton air conditioning unit.

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