Here's that Jay Thomas story, told by the man himself:
"You're dead, son. Get yourself buried."
Lee Majors woulda made a good Ranger back in his day. The difficult thing we have here is not only on-screen visual personna but Moore's had that commanding voice. Gott have the whole package.
Howard Hughes 1905-1976
"He is the last private man, the dream we no longer admit." -Joan Didion
They have to have that deep, bass voice. Brace Beemer, who played the role on radio and Clayton Moore had deep, throaty voices. For one year during the TV run, an actor named John Hart got the role and he had the wrong voice.
I listened to the radio program religiously and read all the comics until the uniform changed.
I date so far back on Lone Ranger stuff that I also despised the change in outfits. Until sometime in 1951, the Long Ranger wore a red shirt with black pants. I was not thrilled when I saw the TV program and there he was, my favorite childhood hero wearing some twinky powder blue outfit. Or, at least I figured it was powder blue glaring at it from our old B&W Admiral TV set.
I've seen early pics with that livery. I found it very strange. I always thought the greyish outfit added to his sort of ghostly persona. Anyone ever read any of the novels? They were after the radio show, but before the TV show. They gave him a much grittier personality.
"Hello. I'm Mr. Hardy, and this is my friend, Mr. Laurel."
Yes, I read one of the novels when I was a kid, I think it was The Lone Ranger and the Mystery Ranch.
There were also some early movie serials starring one of those B western cowboys (Robert Livingston and George Montgomery) and Tonto was played by a real Native American named Chief Thundercloud. I've never seen them, I understand they are extremely rare, some only existing in foreign languages.
If you go back far enough into Lone Ranger history (late 1930's), the books portray him wearing a vest and I've even seen him in chaps, and also a full mask, so the blue or gray uniform was the most recent and seems to have lasted the longest.
There was even a short time, when he wore yellow and black, a rather ugly outfit, I thought.
I much preferred (and still do) the red and black as in the older comics. You can still buy Lone Ranger action figures with that color. I have a Captain America Lone Ranger in red and black, also a small metal figure.
There are some new Lone Ranger comics out and from the looks of the covers, I have to discern he has gone over to the dark side, vengeful and angry looking, like the Batman movies.
I wonder if the new movie will portray him like that?
I was a fan of Starsky and Hutch as a kid growing up and was thoroughly disgusted with the so-called tongue-in-cheek remake that Stiller and Wilson did.
If they are going to remake a classic western hero, it should be done with respect to the many kids who grew on the legend.
Originally Posted by Brian Sheridan
Isn't the Lone Ranger supposed to be the great grandfather of the Green Hornet or some such? Is the Lone Ranger Movie in any way going to be related to the Green Hornet movie that Seth Rogan is supposed to be making?
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Yes, the Green Hornet is a descedent of The Lone Ranger or at least his family. I never heard that he married anyone, but he did have a brother, whose name may have been Dan Reid, who was killed in the Butch Cavendish ambush.
His brother had a young son, also named Dan Reid; later in the comics and also in the TV series, the young nephew joins the Lone Ranger and Tonto on some of their adventures.
The Green Hornet's grandfather was, I believe, the LR's nephew, Dan Reid.
The Lone Ranger really never had a first name, although I heard once it was Bill. He was given the first name of John in the ill-fated 1981 film, Legend of the Lone Ranger, but that is the only time that name was used. I have no idea where I heard the name Bill.
I have no idea or information on the Green Hornet movie.
I believe the real identity of the original Lone Ranger is John Reid.
John Reid is used today; I believe I read that it was the name used in the 1981 film, but nowhere else.
John is OK with me, the poor guy has to have a first name.