The Lone Ranger
Cast: Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger
Jay Silverheels as Tonto
John Hart as The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger was a TV show on the ABC television network. It aired for five seasons, from 1949–1957, and starred Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. Fred Foy was the announcer for the program.
A total of 221 episodes were made, with much of the series being shot at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California. Many outdoor shots were taken with the second unit in Moab, Utah.
The fifth and final season was shot in color, becoming ABC's first program broadcast in color, a new medium in television.
The series began in some controversy. The Lone Ranger and his origins were introduced in the first three episodes in a serialized style, complete with cliffhanger endings. Critics panned it as "just another Western, and not a very good one." Many considered the first three episodes to be manipulative, mostly because of the cliffhangers. The New York Times accused everyone associated with the program of keeping children, "emotionally hopped upped." As a result of the criticisms cliffhanger type endings were never used after the first two episodes. But the show was never intended to be broadcast as a serial despite the serial background of its star, Clayton Moore.
However, the show was a tremendous success with audiences, ranking as a top-10 show in the new A.C. Neilsen ratings in each of its five seasons.
In the 1952 season actor John Hart replaced Clayton Moore. Moore had threatened to quit after 1950. He was being paid only $500 an episode for his hit show, and wanted a substantial raise. Audiences rejected Hart in the role, and after 52 episodes Moore was back atop Silver.
Half hour episodes of the popular TV western, starring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
The Lone Ranger Intro
Enter the Lone Ranger (09/15/1949)
First episode of the series. Six Texas Rangers, led by Captain Dan Reid, are ambushed in a canyon by the outlaw Butch Cavendish and his gang. One Ranger, Reid's brother John, survives the attack. He is found and nursed back to health by an old friend from his childhood, an Indian Scout named Tonto. The younger Reid fashions a mask from his brother's vest and becomes the Lone Ranger.
The Lone Ranger Fights On (09/22/1949)
Part two of the Lone Ranger origin reveals how the masked man finds his horse, Silver, and how he came to use silver bullets. Tonto is sent into town to “fetch the sheriff” for the first time. Skeptical at first the local sheriff is later convinced that the Lone Ranger is on the side of the law.
The Lone Ranger Triumphs (09/29/1949)
The conclusion of the Lone Ranger origin story. After rescuing Sheriff “Two Gun” Taylor and Doc Drummond from Butch Cavendish the the Lone Ranger learns his arch-enemy has been killing off important men in the town of Colby, and replacing them with members of his gang.
The Legion of Old Timers (09/08/1949)
The Lone Ranger utilizes a group of old ranch hands to help out an Easterner who's being cheated out of his property by scoundrels.
Rustler's Hideout (10/13/1949)
The Lone Ranger infiltrates a gang who are holding hostage the son of a group of ranchers that have captured the gang's leader.
War Horse (10/20/1949)
A greedy hunter plans to steal Chief Lame Bear's famous war horse, Red Cloud, but ends up taking the Chief's son as well.
Pete and Pedro (10/27/1949)
The Lone Ranger tries to convince a couple of no-accounts to come to the aid of a young girl in danger of losing her land to a neighbor.
The Renegades (11/03/1949)
Some Army deserters and a crooked Indian Agent plan to kill Tonto and his friend, Chief Swift Eagle.
The Tenderfeet (11/10/1949)
Claim jumping and murder are blamed on a pair of greenhorn brothers from the east who strike it rich.
High Heels (11/17/1949)
A proud little man uses high-heeled boots to give him greater physical stature but a troublemaker plays upon his sensitivity.
Six Gun's Legacy (11/24/1949)
Outlaws stop a stagecoach and shoot the passengers in order to impersonate a young easterner.
Return of the Convict (12/01/1949)
After serving a prison term for a crime he did not commit a man returns home bitter and determined to learn the truth from the witnesses that falsely testified against him.
Finder's Keepers (12/08/1949)
Framed into robbing a bank by a pair of outlaws, a man goes after the buried loot, but his two ex-partners have other plans for him.
The Masked Rider (12/15/1949)
The Lone Ranger poses as an outlaw called, “The Masked Rider”, to infiltrate the Nelson gang and rescue Nancy Barton, who has run away with the Nelson gang's leader.
Old Joe's Sister (12/22/1949)
Biff Baker and Cactus Gleason escape from jail using the old stomach ache gag. The go to Joe Peter's cabin and biff kills both Joe and Cactus. Biff takes over Peter's identity. Joe Peters has a sister coming to live with him after not having seen him for thirty years.
Cannonball McKay (12/29/1949)
Cannonball McKay has taken Clem Jones as an assistant stage driver. Clem is recently out of prison and no one can figure out why Cannonball is helping him. Doc Tate gives Clem ten dollars to deliver a letter to the next town. Meanwhile, Doc Tate and his henchmen rob the Wells Fargo office and manage to pin it on Clem.
A Message from Abe (02/07/1957)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto visit and outlaw who has paid his debt to society, and is now troubled by a need for money for his sick wife.