Lone Ranger

by Candace RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

9/15/1949 – 9/12/1957 ABC
Black and White and Color
30 minutes -221 episodes
Sept. 1949- Sept. 1957 Thursday 7:30-8:00
June 1950-Sept. 1950 Friday 10:-10:30

Created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker

Lone Ranger Cast

Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger
John Hart as The Lone Ranger (1951-1953)
Jay Silverheels as Tonto
Chuck Courtney as Dan Reid
Ralph Littlefield as Jim Blaine
Horses: Silver, Scout and Victor

Lone Ranger Theme Song

“William Tell Overture” by G. Rossini

Lone Ranger Tidbits

“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-Yo Silver!’ The Lone Ranger. With his faithfil companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked man of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early West. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” The Lone Ranger rides again! ”

Who was that masked man? John Reid was a Texas Ranger who was injured in an ambush by the Butch Cavendish Hole in the Wall Gang. He was nursed back to health by Tonto, who had been a childhood friend and would remain the Lone Ranger’s constant companion.

The Lone Ranger got his money from a secret silver mine he owned. It was run by Jim Blaine (Ralph Littlefield).The mine was also the source of his trademark, silver bullets.

Most people do not know that for 26 episodes between 1951-1953, John Hart played the Lone Ranger.

And I bet you didnt know this. The Lone Ranger was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker who also created the Green Hornet.So the Lone Ranger’s nephew Dan (Chuck Courtney) was the father of Britt Reid, the Green Hornet.

Remember kemo sabe? Means “trusted scout.”


Clayton Moore died in 1999 of a heart attack and Jay Silverheels in 1980 of a stroke.

Lone Ranger - Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore
From the Doug Abbott Collection

Clayton Moore
Clayton Moore
From the Doug Abbott Collection

Lone Ranger - Clayton Moore
Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore
From the Doug Abbott Collection

Hugh O'Brian
Clayton Moore and Silver

The Lone Ranger, 1949
14 B&W episodes including the pilot
The Lone Ranger: 75th Anniversary – Seasons 1 and 2

External Links
TV Guide’s Lone Ranger Page, with TV Listings, Photos, Videos, Exclusive News and More.

Lone Ranger - John Hart
John Hart
From the Doug Abbott Collection

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