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The Lone Ranger
(1949-1957 TV Series)
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About This Show
Lone Ranger (1949-1957): A superhero show set in the
Old West. That statement pretty much
explains this classic television show. If you don't think of the
Lone Ranger as being a superhero, keep these things in mind:
1. He wears a
brightly colored costume.
2. He hides his identity behind a mask.
3. Uses a special weapon (silver bullets).
4. Has unusually good marksman abilities.
5. Has a sidekick.
6. Has an eye-catching mode of transportation (his white horse,
show, besides its serious storylines, is often very funny. I
don't think it was meant to be as funny as it was, but it's very
enjoyable nonetheless. Clayton Moore is wonderful as The Lone
Ranger. I like the way his voice sounds. In real life, that
is not the way his voice sounded. Moore made his voice sound like
that to emulate the Lone Ranger character from the earlier radio show,
as played by another actor. He even answered his telephone using
his Lone Ranger voice. It's funny in a Dudley Do-Right kind of
way. And we all know the Lone Ranger needs Tonto. His
faithful Indian companion always has his back. Jay Silverheels
did a fantastic job and I love it when he beats the stuffing out of the
bad guys. The stereotypical Indian persona with the broken
English was a bit forced, but back then, that's how TV and movie
producers thought people liked seeing Indians. Tonto is a great
character, but it would've been great if they let him speak a little
plainer. After all, if he's an Indian who knows English THAT
well, I think he would be a little more familiar with the proper syntax.
But the most important thing to keep in mind is that
these are fun shows. They don't have any gore, and the heroes are
positive heroes. The Lone Ranger and Tonto always do the right
things for the right reasons. They're not borderline bad guys
like a lot of the movie and TV heroes we've seen in the years since
this show last aired. And above all else, the story concepts are