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The Lone Ranger Rides Again

Updated on August 23, 2017

The Legend of The Lone Ranger

A new version of The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, hit theaters everywhere in the summer of 2013. Therefore, it seems appropriate to remember the history of this legend and be refreshed of its impact. As a child, I enjoyed watching reruns of The Lone Ranger where good always prevailed over evil. The new version of The Lone Ranger continued to carry on that stable and trustworthy story line, with a little more humor than before.

I enjoyed greatly watching the premiere of the new Lone Ranger movie because it's a revived and renewed old story that was part of my childhood history. I loved watching The Lone Ranger years ago and I was not disappointed with the new movie that starred one of my favorite actors. It was a treat to see what Johnny Depp did with the character of Tonto!

What is it about The Lone Ranger that has remained significant and attractive to American’s for over five decades?

I am not exactly sure, but I do have a few thoughts. I believe that most people are basically good and tend to root for the one who cares for others. They enjoy seeing the good guy in the white hat prevail over the evil or bad guy who is usually the one wearing the black hat. Also, those looking for the one doing wrong to get his much deserved consequences will always get their wish by the finish of any episode of The Lone Ranger. It is the perpetual mission of The Lone Ranger and his partner, Tonto to go about fighting evil wherever it is found. They encounter thieves, murderers, covetous robbers, and just flat out brawlers who care for no one but themselves and do not care how their actions and behaviors damage, hurt, or take away from law abiding citizens who try to live by doing what is right and obey the law. How could anyone not rejoice in the triumph of good over evil each time The Lone Ranger wins?

I have also heard it mentioned that The Lone Ranger, aka The Masked Man, came to be because he was the lone surviving Texas Ranger; thus The Lone Ranger. He continued his mission of helping the helpless wherever he went. He created a unique image by wearing a white hat, a mask over his eyes, and riding his famous white horse called Silver. People in trouble who were taunted, threatened, robbed, kidnapped, or endangered by the bad guys where overjoyed when The Lone Ranger and Tonto came riding in to triumph on their behalf. With this reputation of consistently fighting evil and always winning, the legend of The Lone Ranger came to be and wherever he went, people knew that along with this Masked Man, help for their troubles came too.

For decades, a certain mystique has been associated with the Wild West. Stories of the adventures and ways of survival in that bad land became legend. The adventures of The Lone Ranger and Tonto became just one of those old west legends that grew and became famous. Then throughout the years, in the 1940’s and 1950’s, those adventures of a legend could be relived regularly as those interested in going back in time tuned into a TV show aired regularly to hear the familiar “Hi-Yo Silver, Away” as The Lone Ranger continued his mission of doing good and helping others.

Then the legend of The Lone Ranger was revived in 2013 in a movie which continued the adventures of The Lone Ranger and Tonto. It became the year that thrilled all Lone Ranger fans throughout the years when their hero was revived and rode again.

This is a special 2 in 1 treasure--The Lone Ranger DVD's plus a retro lunch box to store them in!

The Lone Ranger DVDs in Collectable Tin with Handle
The Lone Ranger DVDs in Collectable Tin with Handle

The Lone Ranger DVD collection I have includes all the old commercials that ran with the original episodes. They are fun to watch and it is amazing how far advertising has come through the years--I'm just not sure it is all for the better?

However, part of the fun of watching episodes of The Lone Ranger now is to also see the old, original commercials. They are both interesting and amusing!

Loved watching these episodes as a kid and now it's added fun to experience the nostalgia of the old commercials I used to see then too!

 

Love the Memories . . .

How Simple that a Mere TV Show Can Take You Back in Time

At age four sitting beside my grandma, safely nestled on her couch, we watched daily episodes of The Lone Ranger. We built lifelong memories together that began decades ago. And today, those warm-fuzzy memories are easily revived again when I view The Lone Ranger--the historic TV series that has earned its place in American culture.

A relevant question I often ask myself, "Is it that I really like the old Lone Ranger TV show so much? Or is the best part, the return of sweet memories revived by watching it?"

With much thought, my answer to that important question would have to be "both."

Lone Ranger Deactivated .45 Silver Bullets
Lone Ranger Deactivated .45 Silver Bullets

Get Your Own Lone Ranger Silver Bullets

 

A Special Silver Bullet - Found Only in The Lone Ranger's Gun

The Legend of the Silver Bullet, shot only by the good guy who wears the white hat.

Special identity for The Lone Ranger that became an icon.

The Lone Ranger’s silver bullets became a trademark associated only with him. Many times the silver bullet’s unique association with only The Lone Ranger became proof that got him out of many jams. When the bad guys would lie and try to make others believe that someone was shot and killed by The Lone Ranger—when it was actually them—the absence of a silver bullet would always tell the truth. Then the lying evil bad man would be drowned in his deceit and persecuted for his bad deed as The Lone Ranger was justified and found guiltless of the accusations.

Meshing the Past with the Present

Reviving an Old Favorite

From 1949-1957 and in countless reruns since, each episode began with--"A fiery horse with the speed of light, and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver!' as The Lone Ranger rides again!"

And now that old favorite will be come to life again when, The Lone Ranger, in a new take of a classic western favorite shows this summer starring Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto.

Note: Find an in depth story about the newest Lone Ranger movie in the magazine Cowboys & Indians May/June 2013 edition.

Who is That Behind the Mask?

Deluxe Domino Black Half Mask
Deluxe Domino Black Half Mask

Wearing a black mask over the eyes symbolized many times the presence of a good man. It also became legend for more than just The Lone Ranger. Zorro also acquired this reputation of being the good one fighting evil while wearing the black mask.

However, Zorro was often seen in film minus his mask…but The Lone Ranger was never found on film without his mask on. Many grateful citizens wished to see who this Masked Man was but no one was ever granted the privilege of seeing him without his famous mask. It became a symbol to look for, especially for those experiencing trouble with the bad guys.

Have fun with your own Lone Ranger mask!

 

Do you plan to see The Lone Ranger movie starring Armie Hammer & Johnny Depp?

Will you see the newest Lone Ranger movie this summer in theaters?

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The Famous Masked Man

Did the Lone Ranger ever remove his mask?

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A Quote by Dan Rather

"An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell overture and not think of The Lone Ranger."

Listen to the Familiar Theme Song for The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger--Starring Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer

Did you see The Lone Ranger movie made in 2013?

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The Lone Ranger Rides Again in 2013 with Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger! It is a movie that is way better than you've heard. The criti

One Final Thought . . .

Wouldn't the world be a much better place if there were more people today who lived like The Lone Ranger--fighting for good, against evil; understanding and caring for the needs of others above their own; and truly living each day to make society better for all?

The Lone Ranger is a character worth emulating; it would make the world a better place for everyone.

Feel free to share your memories or just say "Hello"

Do memories of an old TV show take you back in time? - What is your favorite TV show from the 1950's or 1960's?

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We've been watching a lot of METV lately and the classics are just so much fun to watch. The Lone Ranger is one of the best shows ever.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      I loved the Lone Ranger but my very favorite was Fury.

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      Montecristodog 4 years ago

      The Honeymooner. Ralph and Alice Kramden were one of a kind. Ed Norton was a classic character too!

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      I fear Johnny Depp will do one of his comedy routines and turn Tonto into a farcical sidekick... time will tell!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Westerns were pretty much all we watched during those years.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @CalobrenaOmai: I like your Top 5 too! Thanks for stopping by.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      I thought the title seemed familiar. Based on the preview it looks to be a promising remake; which can't be said for all remakes running rampant out there. One remake in particular would be the Great Gatsby. I can usually tell whether I'll enjoy a movie or not based on the preview. Even though I wasn't born yet, I do recall watching some television shows from the 50s and 60s era. Top 5 being: Bewitched, I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, Mission Impossible and Leave it to Beaver.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @JenwithMisty: Aw, sorry, that would be a bummer for sure. Thanks for visiting!

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      I loved The Lone Ranger and watched it every morning! I had a Lone Ranger doll along with his horse Silver. The horse was my favorite toy. It even had a bridle and a saddle. I loved that thing and then one day my mom sold it at a rummage sale. Such a bummer!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      I was watching the Lone Ranger this morning. And he did remove his mask. But he was also in disguise complete with a beard.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Wooowwww...great lens...

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      Will Marcus 4 years ago

      In the 1950s when I was a kid and a Lone Ranger fan I had a viewer that you could look at full color "slides" in 3D of the Lone Ranger. Outstanding Lens! Blessings, Will

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Honestly, the old movie shows are better than the ones we see these days - there is too much violence.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: Thanks for visiting & for the comment. I had not heard of Champion the Wonder Horse before but looked it up, seems like it would be a good show too. The theme song is not as bold as the Lone Ranger theme.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      For some reason this question set the theme to "Champion The Wonder Horse" running in my head. Top TV!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ...and who could forget the radio show with Brace Beemer!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I don't know any shows from back then but when I was a child my mum used to make us watch old films with her on a weekend afternoon from that time.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @renewedfaith2day: Thank you for visiting, this is a great comment! Too bad he was not allowed to wear his mask :( Wish I could have met Clayton Moore too!

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      It was a little before my time but I watched and still watch reruns of the Lone Ranger.

      I met Clayton More in 1980 when our local mall had it's grand opening. He was wearing sunglasses at the time because the studio obtained a court order preventing him from wearing his mask. Mr. More was an elderly gentleman at the time but he remains the biggest superstar that I have ever met. I too long for those days of "yesteryear." Kimbo Sabe was also my grandpa's nickname for me when I was a child. I really enjoyed this lens. Thank you.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Thanks for the comment, I wish TV was more like it used to be.

      As a child I lived with my grandparents on their farm--there was no plumbing in that old farmhouse. And we too used to bathe in a tin tub, & boiled the water on the stove beforehand; since with no plumbing, there was no hot water heater either. But it was a very happy time, it never felt like a hardship ever.

      Nice to meet you RoadMonkey, thanks for visiting.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I used to love all the old cowboy films. The Lone Ranger was on children's TV, between 5pm and 6pm once a week, I think but the other cowboy films were on Saturday nights. That was bath night - tin bath in front of the fire, then 5 of us, in pyjamas, sitting on the sofa, with our weekly bar of chocolate watching "Tenderfoot", "Bonanza", "Wagon Train", "Cheyenne", "Maverick", etc.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Bewitched was my favorite! I did enjoy Bonanza though. The Lone Ranger was on a channel we couldn't get so didn't get to see many reruns of that one. When you only had three channels and could only get two of them, your choices were limited. :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      I'm a child of the fifties and grew up in Detroit watching the Lone Ranger and Tonto every week on TV. I mention Detroit because that's the city in which the Lone Ranger was born...in a manner of speaking. Clayton Moore will forever be my idea of the Lone Ranger. But the character was originally played by Brace Beemer on WXYZ Radio in Detroit a few years before the advent of TV and before the advent of...ME!

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      TheTopSuccessCo 4 years ago

      Wow does this bring back memories!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      Bonanza, Gilligan's Island, Star Trek the original and so many more. great Lens.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I loved the Lone Ranger. For the longest time I thought that all good guys operated by shooting guns out of people's hands.

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      siskiyoucowgirl 4 years ago

      I loved watching the "Lone Ranger" show! Good lens! Thanks for making it. :)

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @jgary lm: Thanks for your comment, that is very interesting. I always loved the good, wholesomeness of that show.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @pickyshopper: You sure could be right about that, Dark Shadows was a remake unlike the original in a lot of ways. Am sure the Lone Ranger will also be unlike the original too, somehow. I'm planning to keep an open mind; it will surely be entertaining though.

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      jgary lm 4 years ago

      Clayton Moore (I believe) demanded that the show never have scenes shot inside of saloons. Instead, bad guys met up at diners with checked table cloths and had coffee cups in front of them. He also never wanted the Lone Ranger to kill anyone, only graze them to force them to drop their guns.

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      pickyshopper 4 years ago

      luv J. Depp; however, it seems to me it might be a comic take-on the original, much like Depp in "Dark Shadows" remake. Loved the Lone Ranger & Tonto...grew up on this stuff! Great lens.

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      Starring Johnny Depp in this new movie I am sure it is gonna be a great one!

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      Gardenerman 4 years ago

      Fortunately I'm old enough to remember the original TV show and on a black and white TV - no cable just a 40 foot high tower with an antenna! I loved going to the movie theater on Saturday's to see the Lone Ranger as well. I can't remember a better way to spend some time as kid.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did not grow up with this so I look forward to seeing the remake.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      i remember watching The Lone Ranger as a kid - you definitely sat up straighter when you heard the opening theme.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      The lone ranger was the first ever cowboy/western movie I ever saw. I loved it and other cowboy movies from then on :)

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      I remember watching it on Saturday mornings!

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      WhiteIsland 4 years ago

      I'm not old enough to have watched them originally, but I love watching The Monkees and Get Smart on DVD. I've never seen much of The Lone Ranger, although I'm familiar with the theme song and character. I'm still excited to see the movie.

      I agree with you in your nervous anticipation of how they will portray the characters. It seems that, more and more, they are showing the triumph of evil, or portraying evil as good (sometimes they just sneak it in, so you don't even notice that they're making you like the bad guy). I hope they keep the lines clearly defined here.

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      Zorro and The Lone Ranger were my favs growing up. We had a B&W TV which made it all very exciting spookylike, even though you sometimes could see gigantic boulders being accidentally moved by stumbling extras hehe. It was all about the stories and less about the props. The reverse is what we have today in most media, more props less story.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      The Lone Ranger was the highlight of Saturdays, I watched it with my brothers

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      My kids still have their dad's old Lone Ranger & Silver toy. I loved watching that show...and like Susan52, it wasn't the reruns!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I certainly remember The Lone Range from TV. When I watched, I don't think they were reruns. . . :) Sure hope the movie is good!