The Lone Ranger ______ Onward Ho ___

28 Jul

Let’s see now … where wuz I?
OH YA …
The Lone Ranger …

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The Lone Ranger 6

I never dreamed that there was so much stuff on the Lone Ranger. My Lone Ranger files are now so large that I could make a book if I wanted to. In one way I’m glad about this – because I thought the Ranger was in danger of being forgotten and left behind: Extinction – as his many fans fall one by one  – ambushed by time.

I’m referring, of course, to the Clayton Moore Lone Ranger – not the recent venture with Johnny Depp – which I can tell you was not well received by most of the Ranger’s original fans. I’m not sure how time will treat Depp’s Ranger – though there is certainly a generation of young people who do not recall ANY Ranger previous to that and might think that’s fine stuff. But for the rest of us that jury was hung a long time ago.

However, there are still legitimate fears that Moore’s Ranger may eventually fade – even though his iconic persona seems embedded in our culture. The main problem is the lack of anything other than the original Lone Ranger TV Series that folks might be inclined to watch – which is probably not going to be the case for our newer generations.

We really only have this about 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger Movies: The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949), The Lone Ranger (1956), and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958).

With this is mind – and heart …

 The Lone Ranger: Enter the Lone Ranger (1949)

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Enter the Lone Ranger 1949

Enter the Lone Ranger 1949 3

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The Lone Ranger pistol bar

The Lone Ranger (1956)

“The Lone Ranger was the first of two Technicolor theatrical features based on the popular TV series of the same name. Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, stars of the video version, essay the roles of the Masked Rider of the Plains and his faithful Indian companion Tonto.” – Rotten Tomatoes

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The Lone Ranger 1956

The Lone Ranger 1956 2

The Lone Ranger pistol bar

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1956)

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

IMDB City of GoldRotten Tomatoes City of Gold

The Lone Ranger lost city of gold

There you are – the 3 Clayton Moore Lone Ranger movies. Enough to keep the Moore’s Ranger legacy alive?

Time … will tell.

4 Responses to “The Lone Ranger ______ Onward Ho ___”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong July 28, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    I love that you love my hero too. You know, he and Tonto are not bad heroes for a little kid. They were kind, moral, and always on the Right Side of Justice. I could have done lots worse.

    • jcalberta July 28, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Absolutely True!
      I think there’s something magical about the whole Lone Ranger thing – It’s inspired – the people, the legend, the silver bullets, the mask … the values – the ideals – are eternal – everything – all comes together. In a modern mythology – like Camelot …
      Because of this it may endure.

  2. Richard July 28, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    The Lone Ranger is not completely forgotten. Recently Dynamite Comics revived the character. I’m not sure how true the modern version is true to the original as i have not yet read it. But the artwork looks to be first class.

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=35127

    • jcalberta July 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Rich … Thank you for that.
      Yes, I’ve seen quite a few of the newer comics and the artwork is very good as you say.
      However, my impression is that the character is darker than the original Ranger. *shrug*
      Not really a criticism, but it just feels different.

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