In 1933, producer George W. Trendle and writer Fran Striker had the Lone Ranger ride out of the western sky, and it was "Hi Oh Silver, Away!" from then on via Mutual nationally until 1954! Always at his side was his faithful indian companion, Tonto, portrayed by John Todd, who was a loyal, intelligent and resourceful indian - very different from the way indians usually were portrayed on the silver screen.
Brace Beemer began as announcer, but after the tragic auto death of Earle Graser in 1941, took the role of The Lone Ranger. He could be tough as nails with the outlaw types, but gentle and understanding with the honest townfolk.
His quest for justice in the west was detailed in hundreds of episodes, and always, it seemed, Tonto and The Lone Ranger rode off before they received the thanks they were due. Though directed toward the kids, The Lone Ranger half-hours had a wide following, for the stories resonate with that righteous purpose, selfless dedication and a ongoing struggle against lawlessness and corruption.
+ The Lone Ranger is an American radio and television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker. The eponymous character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, originally played by Paul Halliwell, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Indian sidekick, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" as the horse galloped toward the setting sun. On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver!", The Lone Ranger! ”There existed another title sequence, one created for the second post-TV series feature film The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (see below), briefly telling the Ranger's origin and how he first met Tonto. The theme was sung by a male chorus, and the lyrics are as follows: “Six Texas Rangers (Hi-ho, hi-ho) rode in the sun (Hi-ho, hi-ho); Six men of justice rode into an ambush, and dead were all but one. One lone survivor (Hi-yo, hi-yo) lay on the trail (Hi-yo, hi-yo); Found there by Tonto, the brave Injun Tonto, he lived to tell the tale. (Hi-yo Silver, Hi-yo Silver away! Hi-yo Silver, Hi-yo Silver away!) His wounds quickly mended (Hi-yo, hi-yo) and then in the night (Hi-yo, hi-yo), Six graves were put there to hide from the outlaws that one had lived to fight. He chose silver bullets (Hi-yo, hi-yo) the sign of his name (Hi-yo, hi-yo); A mask to disguise him, a great silver stallion, and thus began his fame. (Hi-yo Silver, Hi-yo Silver away! Hi-yo Silver, Hi-yo Silver away! THE LONE RANGER IS HIS NAME!)” In later episodes the opening narration ended with: "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!" Episodes usually concluded with one of the characters lamenting the fact that they never learned the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, he's the Lone Ranger!" as he and Tonto ride away.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 1957 old time radio episodes:
|01.21.1938||the lone ranger (0778) frameup for profit|
|01.31.1938||the lone ranger (0782) horse thieves steal silver aka abilene horse thieves||
+ Over a period of time many highbred horses had disappeared from ranches in the neigborhood of Abil...
|01.31.1938||the lone ranger (0783) horse thieves steal silver|
+Program #785/10. Syndicated. "Steve Brady". Music fill for local commercial insert. Flint Burkman i...
|02.18.1938||the lone ranger (0790) panamint nash||
+Program #790/15. Syndicated. "Amy Holcomb". Music fill for local commercial insert.
|02.21.1938||the lone ranger (0791) jim flood's mine|
|02.23.1938||the lone ranger (0792) the missing letter||
+ Program #792/17. Syndicated. "Bill Cody" "Jim Flood". Music fill for local commercial insert. A st...
|03.02.1938||the lone ranger (0795) the apache kid||
+Program #795/20. Syndicated. "The Apache Kid". Music fill for local commercial insert. Tom Reynolds...
|03.07.1938||the lone ranger (0797) jim murdock's mine||
+Program #797/22. Syndicated. "Jim Murdock". Music fill for local commercial insert. After cheating ...
|03.11.1938||the lone ranger (0799) andy beechum, prospector||
+Program #799/11. Syndicated. "Andy Beechum". Music fill for local commercial insert.
|03.14.1938||the lone ranger (0800) homesteader jeb martin||
+ Program #800/25. Syndicated. "Ortega" "Jeb Martin". Music fill for local commercial insert.
|03.16.1938||the lone ranger (0801) amos franklyn, sheepherder||
+Program #801/26. Syndicated. "Amos Franklin". Music fill for local commercial insert. Amos Franklin...
|03.21.1938||the lone ranger (0803) pitfall trap||
+Program #802/27. Syndicated. "Jim Burton". Music fill for local commercial insert. Burton and his h...
|03.23.1938||the lone ranger (0804) coming of age||
+Program #804/29. Syndicated. "Zeke Salters". Music fill for local commercial insert. Zeke's house i...
|03.25.1938||the lone ranger (0805) revenge for mendoza||
+Program #805/30. Syndicated. "Maggie and Hank Crumpot". Music fill for local commercial insert. The...
|03.28.1938||the lone ranger (0806) faked bank robbery||
+Program #806/31. Syndicated. "Jed Kramer". Music fill for local commercial insert. The town money-l...
|03.30.1938||the lone ranger (0807) night stage to dalton||
+Program #807/32. Syndicated. "Mack," "(Black) Mike". Music fill for local commercial insert. Two ba...
|04.06.1938||the lone ranger (0810) tonto accused||
+Program #810/35. Syndicated. "The Red". Music fill for local commercial insert.
|04.11.1938||the lone ranger (0812) the raiders||
+Program #812/37. Syndicated. "Tom Halstead". Music fill for local commercial insert. The Box X Ranc...
|04.13.1938||the lone ranger (0813) reward money||
+Program #813/38. Syndicated. "Jake Caldwell" "Lem Purdom". Music fill for local commercial insert. ...
|04.18.1938||king of the country||
+Program #815/40. Syndicated. "Zeke Parsons". Music fill for local commercial insert. Zeke is not on...
|04.20.1938||the lone ranger (0816) the price of wool||
+Program #816/41. Syndicated. "Maggie Martin". Music fill for local commercial insert. It's the shee...
|04.22.1938||the lone ranger (0817) murder of pony express rider||
+Program #817/42. Syndicated. "Colonel Dawson". Music fill for local commercial insert. An outlaw ga...
|N/A||the lone ranger xxxx story concerns a stage line owner and bank shipments (128 44)|
|N/A||the lone ranger xxxx story concerns a studious accountant that finds a three cent mistake (128 44)|