My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Jay Silverheels / Tonto Born: 26 May 1912 , Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada  Was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian, one of 11 children of A.G.E. Smith, who had served as a decorated officer in the Canadian forces in WWI. Birth name: Harold J. Smith Adopted the nickname ‘Silverheels” during a very brief boxing career, which saw …

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

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http://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/lone-ranger-outfit-fetches-nearly/article_1767a65b-a4d2-5307-b867-8dc34ec852ff.html?mode=story Staff photo— Jerry Larson Scott Franks, owner of A&S Auction in Waco, adjusts the personal uniform, minus the mask and gloves, of actor Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger in the popular 1950s television series. The outfit fetched nearly $200,000 in Saturday’s auction. Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:44 pm |Updated: 1:12 am, Tue Jul …

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The Lone Ranger Creed The enduring popularity of the original Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be somewhat Camp in character. Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on …

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto / Silver and Scout I’m sure most people think that The Lone Ranger came out of the 50’s. Wrong! The Lone Ranger started on radio back before 1933 and ran over 900 shows up until 1956. 23 years! It translated to TV from 1949 to 1957. So … my “Thrilling days of yesterday” …

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The End of an Era If there’s any one thing that separates the modern Western from Westerns of the past, it’s the loss of Romance. Nothing illustrates this loss more than the almost non-existent relationship between the modern Western Hero and his Horse/Steed. In the modern Western a horse is just a prop – a vehicle  – a necessary, but no-named beast. Slap on …

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The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture /  Gioachino Rossini The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.” Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.” The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”

Jay Silverheels / Canadian Mohawk Jay Silverheels achieved his greatest fame as the The Lone Ranger’s friend, Tonto. Being irreplaceable as the Lone Ranger’s best friend he subsequently also appeared in films, The Lone Ranger (1956) as well as in The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). – Wikipedia Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt …

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In scouting between the lines of the trailer for the new The Lone Ranger movie (starring Johnny Depp as Tonto), we glean that Depp’s portrayal of Tonto appears to be – in part – that of a Native Shaman. (Tread softly Johnny. Critics – and many natives – await in ambush.)  The image below is stated as …

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Eagle Dance Song – Ronald Roybal – Native American Flute Music John Ford Point … Monument Valley “Director John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, has had an enduring influence in making Monument Valley famous. After that first experience, Ford returned nine times to shoot Westerns — even when the films were not set …

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 The Lone Ranger Opening Theme  The Lone Ranger Theme Music / William Tell Overture  Normally I’m pretty excited when I hear there’s a new Western being made … But when I heard that the movie was a remake of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp playing Tonto … I had my reservations (if you’ll excuse the expression). But then …

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