LONE RANGER and TV western fans are sure enjoy this new video collection recently released by MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT.
With over 11 hours on two doubled-sided DVDs, LONE RANGER – THE LEGEND BEGINS includes the first 16 episodes from the classic Clayton Moore/Jay Silverheels TV show (plus one show from season #5).
Enter the Lone Ranger (S.1, #1 – 9/15/49) – Glenn Strange/George J. Lewis
The Lone Ranger Fights On (S.1, #2 – 9/22/49) – Walter Sande/George Chesebro
The Lone Ranger Triumphs (S.1, #3 – 9/29/49) – Jack Clifford/John Daheim
The Legion of Old Timers (S.1, #4 – 10/6/49) – DeForest Kelley/Emmitt Lynn
Rustlers’ Hideout (S.1, #5 – 10/13/49) – Harry Lauter/Joseph Crehan
War Horse (S.1, #6 – 10/20/49) – Leonard Penn/John Merton
Pete and Pedro (S.1, #7 – 10/27/49) – Sheila Ryan/Rufe Davis
The Renegades (S.1, #8 – 11/3/49) – Gene Roth/Harry Harvey
The Tenderfeet (S.1, #9 – 11/10/49) – Ray Bennett/Rand Brooks
High Heels (S.1, #10 – 11/17/49) – Carl von Schiller/John Berkes
Six Gun’s Legacy (S.1, #11 – 11/24/49) – Jimmie Dundee/Don Haggerty
Return of the Convict (S.1, #12 – 12/1/49) – Steve Clark/Robert Emmett Keane
Finders Keepers (S.1, #13 – 12/8/49) – Pedro de Cordoba/Arthur Franz
The Masked Rider (S.1, #14 – 12/15/49) – John Alvin/John Doucette
Old Joe’s Sister (S.1, #15 – 12/22/49) – Anne O’Neal/Joel Freidkin
Cannonball McKay (S.1, #16 – 12/29/49) – Louise Lorimar/Leonard Strong
A Message From Abe (S.5, #22 – 2/7/57) – James Griffith/Maggie O’Byrne
Also included is the complete 15-chapter serial from 1938, THE LONE RANGER,
starring Lee Powell as the Masked Man and Chief Thundercloud as Tonto.
An ex-Confederate officer kills and assumes the identity of a Washington appointee sent to Texas to collect taxes.
Enroute to the Lone Star State, the imposter and his gang ambush a group of Texas Rangers returning from the
war to restore order at home. One of the Rangers survives the attack and, after being nursed back to help by his
friend Tonto, decides to dedicate his life to law and order. His first order of business is to stop the imposter and
his accomplices from taking Texas out of the Union and forming their own country.
1. Hi-Yo Silver
2. Thundering Earth
3. The Pitfall
4. Agent of Treachery
5. The Steaming Cauldron
6. Red Man’s Courage
7. Wheels of Disaster
8. Fatal Treasure
9. The Missing Spur
10. Flaming Fury
11. The Silver Bullet
13. The Fatal Plunge
14. Messengers of Doom
15. The Last of the Rangers
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This is just a short review to say the Clayton Moore shows are enjoyable enough, but the Lone Ranger serial is about as poor as you can get. The serial has long been considered lost but turned up in a print with Spanish subtitles. That is the one used here, and it is truly bad video quality and they have enlarged the image to hide the subtitles at the bottom of the print used.
Even at the cheap price of this DVD set, it is isn’t worth it. Stay away!
This is a very quick review. I liked the quality of the video and sound. However at the end of each episode the William Tell Overature sounded a little faster than I remembered it. Could it have been some sort of time compression? This is fine quality family entertainment. I loved seeing The Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels and Tonto again. Excellent horsemanship! The Lone Ranger has great values that everyone should learn from. Clayton Moore said that he was a better person for having played the Lone Ranger. We need him today!