The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
Film / Western / Adventure
Directed by Lesley Selander
Cast: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Bonita Granville, Fran Henderson and Douglas Kennedy
The Lost City is an old Spanish town, filled with hidden gold, sitting in ruins on Indian tribal lands. There is a five piece amulet that, when assembled, will show the location of the treasure. The holders of the various pieces begin to turn up murdered by a gang of hooded riders and it’s up to The Lone Ranger and Tonto to save the day. Fran Henderson, whose chief henchman, Ross Brady, does all of the dirty work, is seeking the treasure and will do anything to get it. The Lone Ranger disguises himself as a southern gentleman and bounty hunter in order to gain Henderson's confidence. After plenty of action and intrigue, The Lone Ranger and Tonto sort things out and bring the villains to justice.
“The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold” was the second of two features made in the 1950s. Based on the long running TV series starring Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto, this film was also produced in color by Jack Wrather. Much like the 1956 film, “The Lone Ranger”, Wrather made sure there was an excellent cast of veteran western performers to support Moore and Silverheels.
Remarkably, this 1958 film takes on racial bigotry in a manner that was quite daring for a family western of this period.