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The Lone Ranger 

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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Jay Silverheels ...  Tonto 217 episodes, 1949-1957
Clayton Moore ...  The Lone Ranger 169 episodes, 1949-1957


The lone surviving Texas Ranger who was nursed back to health by the Potawatomi tribesman Tonto. He rides with him, on Silver and Scout, throughout the West, doing good while living off a silver mine which supplies him with income and bullets. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The series' budget was $12,000 per episode from 1949-1954, then it was increased to $18,000 per episode from 1954 until production of new episodes ended in 1957, though the series remained on network television (CBS, NBC) weekly until 1963. See more »


In the series opening used in syndication, the Lone Ranger is seen riding past rows of trees planted as wind breaks. This practice did not come into use until after the "dust bowl" windstorms of the 1930s. See more »


[repeated line]
The Lone Ranger: Hi-yo, Silver, away.
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Alternate Versions

The first three episodes are available edited together as a ersatz feature "Enter the Lone Ranger" (1949) running 68 minutes minus titles and recaps. (It was a three parter) See more »


Referenced in NCIS: Los Angeles: Glasnost (2016) See more »


William Tell Overture: Finale
by Gioachino Rossini
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Vintage and attractive series about the Ranger accompanied by the Indian Tonto who rides with him, on Silver and Scout, throughout the West
15 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This TV adaptation deals with the Lone Ranger , here he comes , thundering up the West's deadliest trails , blasting his way into the fabled stories .It packs some fine action , adequate score , thrills and emotion ; as children as well as adults will undoubtedly love this series . Colorful and moving series in which the Masked Man and the strange Indian Tonto take on nasty outlaws and powerful owners .This enjoyable series deals with a man of the law, a legend of justice : Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore : 169 episodes), and a Native American warrior called Tonto (Jay Silverheels : 217 episodes) , both actors receive top billing . Agreeable though overlong series, stars Lone Ranger , the Masked Man and his faithful Indian sidekick Tonto (it means "fool" in Spanish , in Spanish versions of this film, Tonto is renamed Toro, which means "bull") . The masked rider and Tonto take on desperado hordes , rustlers , nasty riders , evil land barons and using the silver bullets that stopped the most savage wicked things ever to menace America's vast frontiers . As they must prevent wars among Indians , cowboys and railway or save the Wells Fargo Express in dangerous adventures . But the Lone Ranger is never captured nor held for very long by lawmen or outlaws, in order to avoid the chance of him being unmasked . The legend of the Lone Ranger is ¨the untold story of the man behind the mask and the legend behind the man¨ , it began on radio and made the transition to the small screen more than 50 years ago . This flick follows the adventures of the Ranger , his white stallion Silver and his American Indian pal Tonto , as they attempt to bring local criminals to justice. They ride throughout the West, doing good deeds and they dedicate their life to combat the evil . The two heroes ride off in a cloud of dust under classic musical background composed by Rossini and shouting ¨Hi-Yo silver¨, in fact this shout "Hi-Yo Silver!" at the beginning of each episode is a recording of Earle W. Graser, who played The Lone Ranger on radio from 1933-41 .

The series contains thrills , go-riding , roller-coaster action , crossfire , horse pursuits , and great scenery with spectacular outdoors well photographed . This shows a campy , amusing and entertaining glimpse in the Wild West . Nice Clayton Moore as Lone Ranger , a man of the law attempting to keep peace , justice and order , and , splendid Jay Silverheels , he shows have an endearing innocent charm . Good support cast with several secondary stars ordinary in Western movies ,such as : James Griffith , Douglas Kennedy , DeForest Kelley , John Doucette , Walter Sande ,Hank Worden , Stevie Brodie , Gene Evans , Whit Bissell , Robert J. Wilke , Néstor Paiva , Anne Doran ,Joe Turkel ,Slim Pickens , Robert Livingston , Chuck Roberson , Francis Ford , Craig Stevens , Tom Powers and Lee van Cleef , among others .

Originally created as a radio play in 1933 by George W. Trendle and well developed by Fran Striker . The Lone Ranger started off as an America radio show started in the 1930s and finally ended in 1954 . It began in a ¨Lone Ranger¨ serial (1938) , a program burdened by frenetic action and starred by Lee Powell , being directed by William Witney and John English . It later expanded on to the big screen with 1938's "The Lone Ranger," 1939's "The Lone Ranger Rides Again," , a Republic serial in 15 whirlwind chapters with Robert Livingstone , Chief Thundercloud and Duncan Renaldo . The Lone Ranger was also a television series from 1948 through 1957 in which gained widespread notoriety on ABC television, as Clayton Moore donned the mask each week to fight crime and corruption in the old west and of course Jay Silverheels as Tonto . The Masked rider and Tonto in their first feature-length picture was directed by Stuart Heisler and co-starred by Lyle Bettger and Bonita Granville ; its following was ¨The Lone Ranger and the lost city of gold¨ , well co-starred by Douglas Kennedy , Charles Watts and Ralph Morris . Furthermore , new version by Willam A Fraker titled ¨The legend of the Lone Ranger¨ that wavers between irony and seriousness , starred by Klinton Spilbury and Michael Horse ; but the film bombed so badly at the box office , as the movie's star Klinton Spilsbury never worked in Hollywood again. The last appearance of The Lone Ranger was in 2003 for a two-hour special on WB Network starring Chad Michael Murray and Nathaniel Arcand . And , finally ,the Legend Of The Lone Ranger is crusader's last silver screen outing , as Jerry Bruckheimer Films has produced q spectacular adaptation of ¨The Lone Ranger¨ (2013) , this is the last big screen iteration of the famous character , Gore Verbinski has compellingly directed a new rendition of the classic TV show film , a blockbuster retelling for the big screen that pays tribute at nostalgic television series starred by Johnny Depp , Armie Hammer , Ruth Wilson , Helena Bonham Carter , Tom Wilkinson , William Fichtner , and James Badge .

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Release Date:

September 1949 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$12,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(221 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (1949-1956)| Color (1956-1957)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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