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The Lone Ranger (1956)

Wealthy rancher Reese Kilgore aims to grab silver-rich Indian land by skilfully pitting Indians against settlers but the suspicious territorial governor sends The Lone Ranger to investigate.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writer:

Herb Meadow (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clayton Moore ... The Lone Ranger
Jay Silverheels ... Tonto
Lyle Bettger ... Reece Kilgore
Bonita Granville ... Welcome Kilgore
Perry Lopez ... Pete Ramirez
Robert J. Wilke ... Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
John Pickard ... Sheriff Sam Kimberley
Beverly Washburn ... Lila Kilgore
Michael Ansara ... Angry Horse
Frank DeKova ... Chief Red Hawk (as Frank deKova)
Charles Meredith ... Governor
Mickey Simpson ... Powder
Zon Murray ... Goss
Lane Chandler ... Chip Walker
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Storyline

Kilgore to mine silver on Indian land. The mountain he wants is sacred to the Indians. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Masked Adventurer of the Badlands! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De gemaskerde ruiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Wrather Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank de Kova often played Indians and Latinos. His performance as Red Hawk is sincere and touching. See more »

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The desert scenes feature shots of tall saguaro cactus. The film is set in Texas, an area in which saguaro cacti are not found (they're mostly in Arizona and New Mexico).

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Narrator: When factories first began to send their pall of smoke over the cities, and farmlands in the east offered only the barest living, Americans turned their faces toward the west. They poured into the new territories by thousands; bringing their household goods, fording the might rivers, and climbing the mountains. Fighting Indians and outlaws, praying, toiling, dying. It was a hard land, a hostile land. Only the strong survived. A new American breed, the Pioneer. In this forge, ...
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Maverick Theme
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Moore and Silverheels reprise their TV roles.
8 October 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

Although its script is strictly utilitarian and a bit dull at times, this movie is a worthy companion to the beloved TV series, with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels in their most familiar roles. This time the virtuous duo is out to stop a war from starting between ranchers and Indians. There are a couple good action sequences and some admirable horsemanship to help out the rather formulaic script.

If that really is Moore playing the Ranger in disguise as an old prospector, then it's a treat to see him in something other than his one-note performance as the masked man. Also, it sure looked to me like, contrary to legend, the Lone Ranger shot and killed a man! Rest assured, it was necessary to keep from being killed himself. And if you're a fan of Bill Cosby's classic comedy routines, you'll love it when Tonto goes into town to get information and is set upon by the bad guys.


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