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Lone Ranger (1956 Film): This movie is
AWESOME! Better than the TV series! It's everything you
love about the TV show, but they "upped the anty" quite a bit for the
silver screen...and then some!
Yes, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels are still
Lone Ranger and Tonto. Thank goodness! Clayton really IS
the Lone Ranger. There's no getting around it. His Lone
Ranger has a lot more personality in this film than in the TV
series. For one thing, the Lone Ranger talks more. Not only
that, but there are several instances where we get to see Lone Ranger
in an old prospector disguise. This really shows Moore's acting
talent. He definitely had it.
As always, the Lone Ranger is a fist-fighting son of
a gun and the action sequences are breathtaking. What really
stands out for me is the action scenes Jay Silverheels has as
Tonto. In the TV show, his Tonto is not usually so
physical. This was for the fact that Jay had a heart condition in
real life and couldn't do a lot of rough stunts. But that must
have been put aside for this film, because Tonto is really kicking
a$$. A prime example to prove this statement is when Tonto is
ganged up on by Kilgore's men and nearly hung. Yeah, he gets beat
up, but he dishes it out as well as he takes it until he's
overpowered. You have to realize that a lot of that is still
stuntmen in Tonto costume, but Jay HAD to do some of that tough guy
stuff. I'm proud of the Tonto character.
But what really makes this first feature film of the
Lone Ranger better than even the TV series is the fact that:
- It was filmed in color.
- The camera work was shot on a much larger,
outside scale. It was really opened up.
- It's not anywhere near as hokey as the TV show
sometimes was. The actors are all quite good. No
Silver and Scout, the horses of our heroes, have
much greater importance. We can truly see Silver's intelligence
in how he communicates with Lone Ranger. Both horses are worked
into the story quite well.
To say that this is an impressive movie is an
understatement. It holds up incredibly well after 50 years!
It will still hold up for another 50. The story is easy to
follow, but still sophisticated enough to be intelligent.
The action is non-stop from beginning to finish. There is always
something happening. And we see things here that we don't see in
the TV series. Everything we still like about the TV show is
still here, but this adds a lot of new things into the fold. For
instance, we see:
- Lone Ranger get shot and bleeding.
- Large fires and explosions.
- Tonto really rough house with the best of them.
- The horses helping out our heroes.
- Many more bad guys getting killed than
usual. He doesn't shoot guns out of hands in this one.
- An in-depth look into the personalities and
emotions of all characters.
- And much more!
If you haven't seen this film, SEE IT!