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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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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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His first ever feature film. See more »


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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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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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After the Ranger sets fire to the wagon of hay, and the horses take off, you can see where someone is controlling the horses from inside of the haystack. See more »

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The desert scenes feature shots of tall saguaro cactus. The film is set in Texas, an area in which saguaro cacti are not found (they're mostly in Arizona and New Mexico).

The film takes place in an unnamed territory with a major plot point focusing on the Governor's bid for statehood. Texas was granted statehood in 1845, decades earlier than the period depicted in this movie. Since the only connection to Texas is a long cattle drive to Abilene, process of elimination would suggest that the unnamed territory is Texas's neighbor, New Mexico, where saguaro cacti are found. 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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Maverick Theme
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Written by David Buttolph
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Long Live the Lone Ranger!
24 April 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Near the end of his famous TV show of the 1950s, "The Lone Ranger," Clayton Moore made this feature film with costar Jay Silverheels as "Tonto." The main plot revolves around Lyle Bettger, who has plans of running the Indians off their land, so he can claim it and the silver mountain they revere. Lyle of course has his field hands who do his dirty work, which includes posing as Indians and causing trouble around in their name, so as to get the town folk on his side and against them. In turn, they will come to insist on the Indians leaving. Robert Wilke is memorable as the meanest guy under Bettger's pay, who looks like he enjoys every minute of it. What Bettger and Wilke don't plan on is the presence of "The Lone Ranger," who has gotten a bandit/outlaw reputation with the town folk, even though he seems to only help those in peril and is always on the right side of the law.

Enough of the plot, the star of the film is Clayton Moore as the bigger-than-life Lone Ranger. Throughout the film we find out how he became The Lone Ranger. Some may think this film, his and Silverheels' performances and his duds of a blue skin-tight suit and black mask are all kind of corny and/or campy. But all of it is the heart of the film, which makes us feel like we the viewer are The Lone Ranger. (He wears his disguise until injustice has come to an end and there is no further need for his alter-ego.) And, this film really delivers the goods. It contains the realistic dangers of the people's lives in jeopardy (who know too much and have to be dealt with,) while embracing the outrageousness of this mysterious ranger and his sidekick. It entertains without being too silly or too violent. Little boys today and of future generations would love it still. It is reported that Clayton Moore loved this chance to be The Lone Ranger, because, as a boy, he dreamed of being a cowboy or a policeman. With this role, he was able to be both. The Johnny Depp remake, which I have no desire to see, can't touch this nostalgic and captivating (with its iconic and timeless trademark scene thrown in at the end) bigger-than-life film.


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