The Lone Ranger
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THE LONE RANGER"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo silver! The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering Hoofbeats of the great horse Silver ... the Lone Ranger rides again! "
Few things are more iconic in American popular culture than announcer Fred Foy reciting those lines against the opening strains of the William Tell Overture. The Lone Ranger was a western adventure show that premiered in January of 1933 on radio station WXYZ in Detroit. The show, which was aimed primarily at children, had a strong adult following as well and continued for 2,956 episodes on WXYZ, the Mutual Network and the NBC Blue/ABC networks until September 3, 1954. Repeat broadcasts continued until May 25, 1956.
The show had been created by WXYZ owner George W. Trendle and writer Fran Striker, though who contributed what to the concept is up for debate. The character of the Lone Ranger was believed to have been inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom Zane Grey had dedicated a novel in 1915. The show was a major hit, and inspired numerous books, comic books, movie serials, and eventually a truly memorable television series starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels in 1949, lasting until 1957.
The basic story of the Lone Ranger is ingrained in American culture. The unnamed hero was the only survivor of a group of six Texas Rangers who were ambushed by Butch Cavendish and his gang in a canyon named Bryant’s Gap. An Indian named Tonto later came upon the massacre, finding one ranger still alive. Tonto nurses the ranger back to health, who then swears to bring Cavendish to justice. To keep Cavendish off his guard, the ranger and Tonto make six graves in Bryant’s Gap, and the ranger fashions a black domino mask from a ranger’s vest to conceal his identity. He tamed the wild horse Silver for his mount, and after making sure Cavendish paid for his crimes, the Lone Ranger continued to fight for justice in the Old West. He was later joined by his young nephew Dan Reid.
On the original radio series, the Lone Ranger was portrayed by George Seaton, followed by Earle Graser. After Graser’s untimely death in 1941, Brace Beemer, the show’s former announcer, took over the role. Director James Jewell and announcer Fred Foy also played the lead role for one broadcast each, as did an unknown actor using the name "Jack Deeds." Tonto was played by John Todd throughout the series, being replaced on isolated broadcasts by Roland Parker (who was best known as Kato on The Green Hornet). Other supporting players were primarily regional actors from Detroit and WXYZ staff. Jay Michael (who also starred in Sgt. Preston of the Yukon), Bill Saunders (noted for voicing Butch Cavendish), Paul Hughes, Jane Fae, Rube and Liz Weiss, and future movie star John Hodiak. The part of Dan Reid was played by child actors Bob Martin, James Lipton, and Dick Beals.
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: The Lone Ranger
Release Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Release Version: Version 1.2
Number of CDs: 45
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 1.2: Changed CD01, CD22, CD39, CD42, CD43, CD44, and CD45. Only these specific CDs were uploaded to version 1.2. The other CDs remain named as version 1.1. The specific changes were: CD01: changed certification files; CD22: 45-04-40 (1909) Audition Paul Sutton moved from CD39; CD39: 51-02-21 (1909) Audition Paul Sutton changed to 45-04-20 and moved to CD22; The Lone Ranger 51-05-16 (2860) Journey to Adventure was deleted as it was from 15 minute records. CD42: 53-06-14 New Marshal Law changed to 53-06-15, 54-02-08 (3289) The Telltale Bullet changed to (3288); CD43: 541005 Cigar Band changed to 541025, 541013 Tom Filmore's Claim changed to 541015; CD44: Corrected title of The Lone Ranger 55-07-04 (3253) Tom Fuller's Boy, 54-12-22 (3161) Widow Spider's Web deleted as a duplicate of 54-12-27 (3162) Interrupted Journey; CD45: replaced The Lone Ranger 56-01-04 (3322) The Last of the Gang, added The Lone Ranger 56-03-27 (2646) Sword Of Honor; various - edited tags
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 1.1: Changed CD01, CD12, CD15, and CD16, deleted CD23 which was a duplicate of CD22, and renamed the remaining CDs. Only the changed CDs were uploaded to version 1.1, the other CDs had their file names changed but otherwise remain as they were in version 1 (i.e. CD24 was renamed CD23, etc.). The specific changes were: deleted mislabeled 41-12-08 Stagecoach to Deadwood from CD 12; files 43-02-26 (1576) The Spanish Quirt and 43-03-01 (1577) Death and Taxes were switched on CD16; fixed title of 42-11-13 (1531) West of Big Ridge on CD 15; updated Log.
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Subject: Duplicate files
Don't as how, but I believe I've found an error on Disk 16.
The Lone Ranger 43-02-26 (1576) The Spanish Quirt and
The Lone Ranger 43-03-01 (1577) Death and Taxes
The dates and titles are reversed. The "Spanish Quirt is actually "Death & Taxes" and vice versa
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