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The Lone Ranger (1956)

Wealthy rancher Reese Kilgore aims to grab silver-rich Indian land by skilfully pitting Indians against settlers but the suspicious territorial governor sends The Lone Ranger to investigate.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writer:

Herb Meadow (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clayton Moore ... The Lone Ranger
Jay Silverheels ... Tonto
Lyle Bettger ... Reece Kilgore
Bonita Granville ... Welcome Kilgore
Perry Lopez ... Pete Ramirez
Robert J. Wilke ... Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
John Pickard ... Sheriff Sam Kimberley
Beverly Washburn ... Lila Kilgore
Michael Ansara ... Angry Horse
Frank DeKova ... Chief Red Hawk (as Frank deKova)
Charles Meredith ... Governor
Mickey Simpson ... Powder
Zon Murray ... Goss
Lane Chandler ... Chip Walker
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Old Man Kimberley is shot and falls off his horse, it's right in front of the rear-projection screen. (You can see the line between the screen and fake turf.) This is followed by a mini-stampede over Kimberley's dummy -- amazing when you consider that the beeves might have damaged the screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

Referenced in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
[Played over the opening credits and reprised at the end]
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Surprisingly modern attitude
22 September 1999 | by Shield-3See all my reviews

One of the things that amazes me about this film is its surprisingly modern attitude towards Native Americans (no, seriously!) The Indians in this movie are portrayed with dignity and respect, similar to the way "Dances With Wolves" would portray the Lakota years later. Naturally, the Lone Ranger and Tonto are good friends and partners (Clayton Moore always said he loved Jay Silverheels like a brother), but the way the Ranger in which treats the Indian chief, Red Hawk, is touching. No wonder this man is a hero.

In an era when Hollywood more often than not used Indians as stereotypical savages and moving targets, "The Lone Ranger" makes a surprising plea for mutual respect and tolerance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De gemaskerde ruiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wrather Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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