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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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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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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 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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