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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1949!
The show actually began on radio in 1933, but the first television episode covered the beginning of the story for those unfamiliar with the popular radio program. With its unsophisticated, formulaic plots, The Lone Ranger became a favourite with children of all ages. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described the program as "one of the forces for juvenile good in the country." The show held onto its audience through 1957, then continued in syndicated reruns through today. You can still find The Lone Ranger playing somewhere every day of the week.
The Lone Ranger - television show premiered September 15, 1949
Click here to listen to the opening sequence from The Lone Ranger. (File is in .wav format)
Main Characters:
  • The Lone Ranger played by Clayton Moore (1949-1952, 1954-1957)
  • The Lone Ranger played by John Hart (1952-1954)
  • Tonto played by Jay Silverheels (a real Mohawk Indian actually named Harold J. Smith)
  • Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse
  • Scout, Tonto's horse
  • Dan Reid, son of the Lone Ranger's murdered brother, played by Chuck Courtney
  • Jim Blaine, silver miner and maker of the Lone Ranger's fabled silver bullets, played by Ralph Littlefield

Show Concept:

  • John Reid, a Texas Ranger, was the sole survivor of an ambush by the Butch Cavendish Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Reid was nursed back to health by an Indian named Tonto. After recovering from his wounds, Reid set off, with his trusty companion, Tonto, to avenge the deaths of his colleagues and, ultimately, to wipe out crime wherever he found it. Each episode closed with The Lone Ranger riding off into the wilderness shouting a hearty, "Hi Ho, Silver, away!" and leaving townsfolk wondering "Who was that masked man?!"
  • The show had strict guidelines for production including:
    • The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill
    • He always uses perfect grammar
    • His objectives must always be toward the development of the West

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • George W. Trendle, Jack Chertok, Sherman Harris, Paul Landres, and Harry H. Poppe, producers
  • Charles Livingstone and George Seitz, directors
  • Ed Earl Repp, Walter A. Tompkins, writers


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • ABC (1949-1957)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on September 15, 1949
  • Final episode on September 12, 1957
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