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The Lone Ranger - Enter the Lone Ranger / The Lone Ranger - The Lone Ranger Fights On / The Lone Ranger - The Lone Ranger Triumphs

episodes 1.1 - 1.3
The Legend of the Lone Ranger

USA 1949
produced by
Jack Chertok for Apex/ABC
directed by George B.Seitz jr
starring Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Glenn Strange, George J.Lewis, Waler Sande, George Chesebro, Ralph Littlefield, Guy Wilkerson, John Daheim, Jack Clifford, Tristram Coffin
story by Fran Stricker, screenplay by Georg B.Seitz jr, Lone Ranger created by George W. Trendle

TV series
Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger (TV series)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Lone Ranger was an immensely popular TV-series that ran from 1949 until 1957, but the set-up for the whole series was told in the first three episodes which are reviewed below ...

A group of Texas Rangers is lured into an ambush laid by gangsterboss Butch Cavendish (Glenn Strange) by their half-breed scout Collins (George J.Lewis), and they are all gunned down, including Collins who Cavendish figures would sooner or later betray him. Only one of the rangers (Clayton Moore) survives, if barely, and as coincidence may have it, he is found by an Indian, Tonto (Jay Silverheels), whose life he once saved, and who is now returning the favour. Once the ranger is better again, he decides to from now on wear a mask, sll himself the Lone Ranger and hunt down all criminals in Texas to bring them to justice (and not to kill them) ... and Tonto agrees to help him.

However, it seems that Collins too has survived the massacre, and soon enough, he engages the Lone Ranger and Tonto in a gunfight which is only ended when he accidently falls off a cliff.

Soon, the Lone Ranger and Tonto trail Cavendish and gang to Korby, and they realize that they are about to take over the little town by killing a string of influential citizens and replacing them with members of the gang. With the help of the local Sheriff (Walter Sande) and the Doctor (George Chesebro) though the Lone Ranger and Tonto manage to turn the tables on Cavendish, keep him from taking over the town for good for another day under a false pretense, arrest all his helpers in town ... and when Cavendish and gang arrive to take over, they realize they have walked into a trap ... and are all brought to justice while the Ranger and Tonto make the first of their trademark getaways ...


This early example of a TV-Western remains in spirit pretty close to the then dieing species of the B-Sestern: It has got clearly distinguishable heroes and villains, much of it is shot outdoors to save on studio costs, only a limited number of locations are used to save time, and the direction remains largely flat and unimaginative ... however, compared to other B-Westerns, this Lone Ranger three-parter is not too bad a film, it features a stringent plot, a good villain (Glenn Strange), interesting characters and thought through character motivations thanks to the Ranger's origin story - all things later episodes of the series (and indeed of many Western series) would often miss.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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