The Lone Ranger was not so lone

The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold [DVD]

A committee-generated protagonist with family values

Screenplay : Herb Meadow
MPAA Rating : NR
Year of Release : 1956

Stars : Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger), Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Lyle Bettger (Reece Kilgore), Bonita Granville (Welcome Kilgore), Perry Lopez (Pete Ramirez), Bob Wilke (Cassidy), John Pickard (Sheriff Kimberley), Michael Ansara (Angry Horse), Frank DeKova (Chief Red Hawk)


13 February 2013 — Probably the single most famous cowboy in all of American Western lore, The Lone Ranger, was not born in the fevered mind of a pulp writer or borrowed from the pages of literature. Rather, he was created in committee meetings at a small, struggling independent radio station in Detroit, Michigan, in 1933. WXYZ, an independent station owned by John H. King and George W. Trendle, was in dire need of a program to boost its flagging ratings and compete with the network stations. The Lone Ranger turned out to be their salvation.
The Lone Ranger was created as a wholesome, uncomplicated hero who rode the range on his trusty steed Silver, encountering a new adventure each week as he fought to right wrongs throughout the ever-expanding Western frontier. The vast majority of the early writing was done by a freelancer named Fran Striker, who at one point was writing 156 Lone Ranger radio scripts a year in addition to a daily cartoon strip and a dozen novels. However, unlike Tarzan, who can be traced wholly through the mind of Edgar Rice Burroughs, or Sherlock Holmes, who was created solely by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Lone Ranger was a product of teamwork at WXYZ, with bits and pieces of his mythology and lore added by people whose names have unfortunately been lost in the shuffle of history.