The Lone Ranger Rides Again
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 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."
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?
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?
The Famous Masked Man
Did the Lone Ranger ever remove his mask?
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?
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.
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