A Great Western Television Show
(1949 – 1957)
There are generations of people who can’t hear the William Tell Overture or the words “Hi-Yo, Silver!” without thinking about The Lone Ranger television show. Although it originally aired on television from 1949 to 1957, reruns of The Lone Ranger continued to be shown for many years afterwards and to this day remains a fond memory.
Real Western Hero
Part of the appeal of The Lone Ranger, was that he was a real western hero. Every week, he and his loyal friend Tonto, helped saved someone in the west. They didn’t know (but the audience watching the show did) that the man wearing the mask was a former Texas Ranger who had decided to devote his life to helping settlers on the western frontier. Thankful that he had survived an ambush by the Cavendish gang, The Lone Ranger decided to spend his life to helping others. His friend, Tonto, joined his noble quest and together they became heroes on the screen.
Originally Was a Radio Program
From the beginning, The Lone Ranger, was created to be a hero, especially to children. The show first aired on radio in 1933, sixteen years before it came to television. It was created by the owner of a Detroit radio station named George Trendle who needed a new show for his fledgling station. After much thought, Trendle decided to create a program that would appeal to children and their parents. He wanted the star to be a western hero. The result was The Lone Ranger, a man of the west who lived by the personal creed of integrity, honesty and selfless sacrifice for his fellow countrymen.
The Lone Ranger Lives by a Moral Code of Honor
Most television westerns have bar scenes with gambling and drinking. But not The Lone Ranger. He did not smoke, drink or gamble, so he was never shown on television doing any of these things. Moreover, he lived by The Lone Ranger’s Creed which became popular with children and taught strong moral values. The Lone Ranger never shot to kill. His goal was always to capture the villains and put them in jail. And he used silver bullets because silver was a valuable and precious commodity, just like human life.
Clayton Moore Starred as The Lone Ranger
Clayton Moore starred as The Lone Ranger for the television show for all of its seasons, except for one when he was in a contract dispute with the program’s producer. During the dispute, the producer hired John Hart to play The Lone Ranger thinking that because the he wore a mask, it wouldn’t matter. But it did. Audiences didn’t buy it and the show’s ratings sharply declined in Season 3. The next season, Clayton Moore was rehired and the program’s ratings went back up.
Jay Silverheels Starred as Tonto
His loyal sidekick, Tonto, was played by Jay Silverheels who starred in all of “The Lone Ranger” television episodes. Jay Silverheels was perfect as Tonto because of his great acting skill and Native American ancestry. He was the son of a Mohawk chief and was born on the Six Nations Reservation in Canada. Before starring in The Lone Ranger, Silverheels played roles in a number of western programs.
Five Successful TV Seasons and Years of Syndication
The Lone Ranger television show was one of the best rated programs on television. There are five original seasons with four of them being in Black and White. The last season of The Lone Ranger was made in color.
Even though the original program air dates ended in 1957, reruns of The Lone Ranger continued to be shown on television for years. This is why so many generations of people are familiar “Hi-Yo, Silver!” and the show’s William Tell Overture theme song.
The Lone Ranger brings back memories of childhood and a time when on-screen heroes really did exist. This is why it lasted so long, appealed to so many, and has an enduring legacy.
The Lone Ranger Creed
That to have a friend, a man must be one.
That God put the firewood there,
but that every man must gather and light it himself.
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight
when necessary for that which is right.
That a man should make the most of what
equipment he has.
That this government of the people, by the people and
for the people, shall live always.
That men should live by the rule of what is best
for the greatest number.
That sooner or later..somewhere..somehow..we must settle
with the world and make payment
for what we have taken.
That all things change but truth, and truth alone,
In my Creator, my country , my fellow man.
Where to Buy
The Lone Ranger TV Show – 75th Anniversary Collection
This DVD collection contains the first two seasons of “The Lone Ranger Television Show.” It is the most extensive DVD set available at this time for this program.
This DVD collection will surely please fans. It contains lots of extras that will not only have you watching the TV episodes, but also digging through the bonus materials.
Included is this Lone Ranger DVD Set are:
• 13 DVDs containing the 78 episodes from the first two years of “The Lone Ranger” and a DVD devoted to bonus features.
• An 80 page color booklet full of pictures, trivia and detailed information about the history of the series.
• Season 1 and 2 Episode Guide
• Packet of interesting paraphernalia and photographs related to the show.