Monday, June 17, 2013

The Lone Ranger comes to Washington D.C.

"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when from out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!"
The Lone Ranger as played by Clayton Moore was an incomparably mythical, iconic figure to the baby boomer generation. The cadre of them assembled at the Washington Monument for 1958's kickoff of the "Peace Patrol" must have been delirious with excitement when The Lone Ranger in full regalia (dig the skin-tight suit!) came galloping down the aisle on Silver, later punctuating his speech with some spiffy gun tricks.
Made to to inaugurate a U.S. Savings Stamp and Bond program, the feature below is one of the more kicky ones posted by the U.S. Archives on youtube. (Fittingly, Moore was honored in 2009 with a stamp of his own as part of a collection called "Early tv Memories.") Yes, Vice-President Nixon was involved (he told the LR that his two daughters were "eager followers" of the show. Moore, who died in 1999, was still around to see him resign in disgrace.

America's love affair with the Old West as captured on film receives an historical overview in the collection Saddles, Saloons & Six-Shooters; while the four-title set TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection—Western Adventures has my personal favorite, Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs Miller.
The Lone Ranger character originated in radio and came to film serialdom in 1938. His and Tonto's latest incarnation is coming next month via Johnny Depp and Disney, so stay tuned! (Looks like quite the reboot.)


  1. Looks like the new Tonto spends his weekends at the Commedia dell'Arte!

  2. JD loves it most when he gets to be over the top .... so does Helena Bonham Carter!

  3. What would really be over the top would be HBC as Tonto, and JD as the brothel madam. The Lone Ranger was by far my favorite hero in the 1950s (at least until Zorro showed up), but apparently I am not a fan of producer Jerry Bruckheimer — I've only seen four of the almost 50 movies he's produced over the last 40 years.

    The preview to this one makes it look like a typical overblown Bruckheimer train wreck (literally), but I may have to go see it, if only to find out why Tonto now wears a dead bird on his head. (At least, I assume it's dead.)

  4. JD's hat definitely goes with his Wino Forever tattoo!