From Dec. 28, 1999, here are 3 stories from Headline News about the death of Clayton Moore, who played “The Lone Ranger” on Television and in the movies.
Video Rating: 5 / five
The Lone Ranger and Tonto ride to the rescue when a gang of hooded-raiders spreads murder and terror searching for a legendary treasure on Indian land. As a nostalgic treat, this Western movie is perfect for those who remember those thrilling days of yesteryear. Clayton Moore’s portrayal of the Lone Ranger is part of childhood memories for many loyal fans. Jay Silverheels will be forever identified as “his faithful Indian companion, Tonto.” Amidst a plethora of cereal commercials, The Lone Ranger and Tonto chased the bad guys right off our B&W TV screens back in the baby-boomer ’50s. This is the second of two feature length films produced after the TV series ended first-run episodes in 1956. The color photography enhances the excitement of larger-than-life heroes. The script and other production values are Grade B, at best, but, who cares? When The Lone Ranger, on his fiery horse, Silver, rides over the horizon outlaws are out of luck. The Lone Ranger’s distinctive manner of dress (red neckerchief, white hat, and blue jump suit) identifies him as a real American hero. The trademark black mask, silver bullets, and gleaming six-guns effectively round out the mysterious and heroic image. As an interesting aside, the movie makes some thoughtful observations of the racial injustice suffered by Native Americans. As usual, good triumphs over evil, and traditional values are preserved. This is a great way to introduce today’s high tech kids to the legned of The Lone Ranger. Simple pleasures are the best. Enjoy the ride, right down to the final “Heigh-Yo, Silver, away!”
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This Lone Ranger movie is action-packed from the beginning until the end, and it’s even in color, too! This was the last Lone Ranger movie ever made, and it was the last film in which Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto. A great finale to their careers! The whole plot centers on five silver medallions cut from the same plaque that, put together, lead to a long-lost city of gold. These medallions belong to Indians, three of whom have been killed by the Hooded Raiders who wish to obtain the riches for themselves. Can the Lone Ranger and Tonto stop the Hooded Raiders from killing the two remaining Indians? Buy the film and find out. Anyone who loves the Lone Ranger will love this movie! A must-have for any Lone Ranger fan!!!
Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels established the definitive Lone Ranger and Tonto characterization for all ages. They started in 1949 and had a successful TV series running for many years ending sometime after the mid 1950′s. John Hart’s Lone Ranger was a filler when Clayton went into a hiatus from the series. The TV series was capped by the “Lone Ranger” movie in 1957, which epitomized what a Lone Ranger cinematic presentation should be, unequalled in production design and grandiose in presentation. However, “The Lone Ranger and the City of Gold” is a lesson on how not to follow-up a successful movie with a sequel, as this pales in comparison. This is like a TV movie transposed to the big scren. But this film is significant for it signalled the end of the Moore-Silverheels film rendition of these western heroes. And about time too. This movie shows both actors getting old as the wrinkles of age are markedly obvious in this excellent VCI refurbishing of the film. The colors and sharpness are outstanding. That is the main reason why this must be part of one’s DVD collection. This is labelled as a Region 1 DVD but appears to be a Region 0 disc as I was able to open it up in my Region 3 player. Thank heavens for that. Now all other Lone Rangers fans anywhere in the world can truly enjoy this one. This is why I rate it 4 stars.
Clayton Moore came here to swansea, south wales. uk. back in early 1960′s to the castle cinema, to promote the first,and, I believe only colour film of the lone ranger,
to be made. funny, he is the only “American” person, that I can tolerate.
my attitude towards america, and its cowboy inhabitants over my 65 years.
has, and is getting less, and less.but Clayton Moore. remains, for me, a very vivid, and kindly personality. bless him, and any of his family alive today.
I really feel sorry for anyone who didn’t grow up with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels (Lone Ranger and Tonto), Sky King, Sargent Presten and others of the 40′s and 50′s. They represented what a person should be in life-hard working, honest, brave, fair, stand up to cruelty and injustice and be a role model for others. Clayton hid behind a mask, but he was the genuine role model. What he represented is what he actually was and believed in. I miss him.
Lone Ranger say…’Hi – O – Siver
Stoned Ranger say…’Ohio River’!
May God Bless Clayton Moore and f*** those a**holes that harassed him…a ‘POX” on them!
There’s no question the iconic Lone Ranger endures in part because Clayton Moore personified his character in real life. Had he become a drug crazed egotist it would be hard to remember the role which such clarity. His principles, and the many observations delivered straight faced and with sincerity, help me find my way in life. Thank you Clayton Moore.
@Ronclown Of course I am sure you’re aware that the phrase “Happy Trails” was the catch phrase & theme for another TV cowboy hero~ Roy Rogers ~ What’s remarkable is that the Lone Ranger,Gene Autry,Roy Rogers,& Hop Along Cassidy never shot anybody
Happy Trails to you, Lone Ranger. Clayton was the best Lone Ranger. He was truly, what he believed in as his character, a hero to all. In real life, he was as gracious as the character he played (I met him at Southridge Mall in sunglasses). I said to him, as I shook his hand, ” You are the Lone Ranger” and he said, simply, “Thanks”. Truly a gracious man and a great man. The broadcast should have ended like the TV show: Who was that masked man…..he’s the lone ranger…..hiyo silver away
person gain speech…Lone Ranger had a silver mine.
@kellyjustus Just for the record, the actor who appeared on “The Greatest American Hero” was John Hart. Good actor in the role – but no Clayton Moore.
I was born in 1965 and I still got to watch him on Saturday morning. The Show “Real People” did a show that showed the plight of the Long Ranger and his mask. Also he made an appearance on “The Greatest American Hero” That some of you might remember. He is someone to look up to.
Clayton Moore always portrayed the Lone Ranger as a true hero, and I admire him for being the person that he was in real life. Of all the westerns that Ihave seen, he was the most realistic charactor, both on and off the screen. There was nothing fake about him. He will always be a hero in my book.
Gene Autry used to baby sit my Dad as a kid. They were cousins. I never met my Dad till I was forty.
All true. I’m pushing 63 harder than I would like but aside, I was raised on the Ranger & vitrually all my adult life I’ve adopted the things I learned from him. Over the years, some of my friends would tease me a little for still having a hero, but with one otherdifference. I’ve been told that I am a good friend & can always be counted on to offer truth and help when I can. Not much difference when you think about it. Only I don’t carry a gun,usually. We can all carry on & teach his values.
I agree with Del completely. Well put.
They’re right. He never stayed around to be thanked. He got his thanks from helping others. And he lived his life true to the character he portrayed. We need him more today than ever before. He was the real thing–no pretense. What you saw was what you got. And he understood what really matters in life. He is a true American hero.
thanks for taking the trouble to creat this for You Tube – always good to see information about Clayton Moore