The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked Texas Ranger who, with his Native American companion Tonto, fights injustice in the American Old West. The character has become an enduring icon of American culture.

He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ radio station owner George W. Trendle or Fran Striker, the show's writer. The show proved to be a huge hit, and spawned a equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, as well as comic books and movies. The title character was played on radio by George Seaton, Earle Graser, and most memorably Brace Beemer. To television viewers, Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger. Tonto was played by (amongst others) John Todd, Roland Parker, and (in the television series) Jay Silverheels.

Departing on his white stallion, Silver, the Lone Ranger would shout, "Hi-yo, Silver! Away!" As they galloped off, someone would ask, "Who was that masked man anyway?" Tonto usually referred to the Lone Ranger as "Kemo Sabe", meaning "trusty scout" or "trusted friend." These catchphrases, his trademark silver bullets, and the theme music from the William Tell overture are indelibly stamped in the memories of millions of Americans (and Britons) who came of age during the decades of the show's initial popularity or viewed the television series. Reruns of The Lone Ranger starring Clayton Moore were still being transmitted as of August 2010, sixty-one years after their initial broadcast.

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
2 Jeb Is Framed For Murder Charges Thursday, February 2, 1933
Haunted Ranch Tuesday, June 6, 1933
777 Crooked Banker and Sheriff Wednesday, January 19, 1938
782 Horse Thieves Steal Silver aka Abilene Horse Thieves Monday, January 31, 1938
785 Contraband Liquor Monday, February 7, 1938
795 The Apache Kid Wednesday, March 2, 1938
797 Jim Murdock's Mine Monday, March 7, 1938
801 Amos Franklyn, Sheepherder Wednesday, March 16, 1938
803 Pitfall Trap Monday, March 21, 1938
803 Coming of Age Wednesday, March 23, 1938
805 Revenge for Mendoza Friday, March 25, 1938
806 Faked Bank Robbery Saturday, March 26, 1938
807 Night Stage to Dalton Wednesday, March 30, 1938
812 The Raiders Monday, April 11, 1938
813 Reward Money Wednesday, April 13, 1938
815 King of the Country Monday, April 18, 1938
816 The Price of Wool Wednesday, April 20, 1938
817 Murder of a Pony Express Rider Friday, April 22, 1938
818 A Toll in Cattle Monday, April 25, 1938
819 Trap for a Gambler Wednesday, April 27, 1938
829 Confederate Money Friday, May 20, 1938
860 Blame the Lone Ranger Monday, August 1, 1938
864 The Incriminating Letter Wednesday, August 10, 1938
1 244 Heir to a Ranch Monday, January 13, 1941
1 259 Justice Wears a Mask Monday, February 17, 1941
1 267 Flag in the West Friday, March 7, 1941
1 305 Evil Spirits at Sentinel Rock Wednesday, June 4, 1941
1 627 Border Patrol Friday, June 25, 1943
1 866 The Golden Link Wednesday, January 3, 1945
1 868 Gun-magic Monday, January 8, 1945
1 870 Left Shoulder Arms Friday, January 12, 1945
1 876 Of Luther Jones Friday, January 26, 1945
1 915 The Count Takes the Count Monday, April 30, 1945
1 917 Alibi for Alkali Friday, May 4, 1945
3 128 The Return of Cavendish Friday, January 30, 1953

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