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The Lone Ranger
(1956 Film)

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The 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:

  1. It was filmed in color.
  2. The camera work was shot on a much larger, outside scale.  It was really opened up.
  3. It's not anywhere near as hokey as the TV show sometimes was.  The actors are all quite good.  No unconvincing performances.

    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:

    If you haven't seen this film, SEE IT!