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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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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El guardián enmascarado See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,550,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wrather Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1947, Bonita Granville married producer Jack Wrather, who became the longtime producer of the "Lone Ranger" TV series and films. Following this movie, Granville retired from acting to become a producer on the long running "Lassie" TV series. Her final film appearance was a cameo in The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), also produced by Wrather. See more »

Goofs

The Rangers are seen wearing the "wagon wheel star" badge. This film is set in the late 1870s, but that particular badge wasn't issued until the early 1900s. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

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Written by David Buttolph
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An underrated Western classic
16 November 2004 | by glendaloughSee all my reviews

I found this film at our local library while searching for the old TV series. I never knew Clayton Moore had done a feature length movie as the Lone Ranger, so this was a pleasant surprise on many counts. It's a strong performance for a "B" movie, better in fact than many contemporary westerns with bigger stars. It has an excellent supporting cast (though Lyle Bettger as Reece Kilgore is just as weak here as he is as Ike Clanton in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral). Strong moral themes, lots of action and an interesting, even rather complex, plot for a piece like this. Michael Ansara is great as Angry Horse, the volatile Indian who is at odds with the Lone Ranger. A very re-watchable family favorite!


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