Memories of The Lone Ranger and Tonto

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Enter the Lone Ranger” (Clayton Moore) 1949 – YouTube” (Clayton Moore) 1949 – full black and white movie (1:08 minutes)

This version is now in the Public Domain (copyright restrictions have been lifted). The Lone Ranger is the only survivor of an ambush by the Cavendish gang on a detachment of Texas Rangers. Tonto, a childhood companion stumbles across the injured Ranger and nurses him back to health. The Lone Ranger realizes with everyone thinking he is gone; it frees him to go after any criminals he wants. To hide his identity he makes a mask from the vest of his brother, killed in the same raid.

When I was a small boy The Lone Ranger, was a very successful and long-running American radio and television series. He was one of my favourite cowboy heroes. Clayton Moore was the actor with silver bullets in his six-gun: “Departing on his white stallion, Silver, the Lone Ranger would shout, “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!” Usually referred to by Tonto as “Ke-mo sah-bee“; Jay Silverheels, a CanadianMohawk First Nations actor was well known for his role as Tonto. The Lone Rangers horse “Silver” was a white Mustang. Tonto’s horse was simply referred to as “Paint Horse” for several episodes. The horse is finally named “Scout”- an Appaloosa. Oh! man, could those guys ride.

2013 was a year of a remake [but watch out for the website, it takes an interminable time to download – just too much Flash (The Lone Ranger | Official Site | Disney – Disney Sites)]; Directed by Gore Verbinski. With Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson. For those of us who are familiar with the original TV series, and have read Zane Grey‘s books and stories, including “The Lone Star Ranger“, this latest remake is, according to critics, only so-so. As an old guy, my opinion, is that that this is now real stupid CGI – Computer Generated Imagery on a background of chroma key compositing (green screen) making many scenes unrealistic, with characters doing impossible feats. This was a poor reflection of the original 1950s actor’s athleticism, presentation and skill at showing their character’s abilities. The 1950s had Clayton Moore star as The Lone Ranger; first he had actually been a real stuntman previously, himself.

Originally it has been suggested that the character was inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes to whom the book “The Lone Star Ranger” by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915.

Accompanied with music from The William Tell Overture [which was the overture originally written for the opera WilliamTell (original French title Guillaume Tell), whose music was composed by Gioachino Rossini.]

See also, YouTube Video – “Rossini: William Tell Overture: Final”.

The exciting historical ending to Rossini’s fantastic overture to William Tell.

Other Sites worthy of examination:

Native Appropriations – Examining Representations of Indigenous Peoples – a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

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