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I Was That Masked Man [Paperback]

Clayton Moore , Frank Thompson
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Oct. 1 1998
Every baby boomer in America knows who that masked man was. He was mysterious and mythic at the same time, the epitome of the American hero: compassionate, honest, patriotic, inventive, an unswerving champion of justice and fair play.

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Clayton Moore was the actor who fixed a burning image in millions of baby boomer minds and whose TV character spawned uncountable little white suits, cowboy hats, and black masks on children all over the world. Moore portrayed "The Lone Ranger" in the original TV series between 1949 and 1957. He became a modern immortal with the signature tune of Rossini's "William Tell" overture and his catch line "Hi Yo Silver!" This biography, written with Frank Thompson, author of Lost Movies, details Moore's career before and after his years with Tonto (he began as a trapeze artist), sketches in his personal life (three marriages), and relates how his fans were outraged when, in 1979, Moore was legally forbidden to wear his famous mask in public appearances. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this plainspoken autobiography by the man who played the Lone Ranger on TV from 1949 to 1957, Moore professes to have followed the principles of the hero he portrayed, to have tried his best "to live up to the standards of honesty, decency, respect, and patriotism that have defined the Lone Ranger since 1933." A divorce or two notwithstanding, he seems to have kept his pledge, working most of his career in the lower echelons of show business?in serials and TV?as a professional and personal straight arrow. This may be admirable, but it makes for mostly dull reading, despite the writing help of film scholar Thompson (Lost Films). Brushes with more colorful characters, such as Bela Lugosi and Marilyn Monroe, are dispensed with quickly: Lugosi was "nice to work with"; Monroe had "a spectacular figure." Most of Moore's own difficulties, e.g., when he was removed from the TV series only to be asked back again, are also given short shrift: Still, there are passionate passages here, including Moore's fond memories of his lifelong friendship with Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, and his embittered account of the five years in the early 1980s when he was forbidden by court order to appear in public as the Lone Ranger. There are also amusing anecdotes about the making of low-budget productions, and, bizarrely, a brush with the Manson family. This memoir is likely to appeal exclusively to avid fans of The Lone Ranger and of old movie serials. The text features a foreword by Leonard Maltin and lists all of Moore's film and TV appearances. Photos.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent well rounded Autobiogaphy July 22 2002
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First, I rate books that are average as 3 stars and move up and down from there.
Many people really liked Clayton Moore, and many more liked the Lone Ranger. This makes reviewing the book difficult because one wants the book to be as large as life as the character on screen.
With this said, the book takes a chronological look at the life of Clayton Moore. From his childhood, to trapeze work, to Hollywood and serials, the Lone Ranger to his life after Hollywood, sustaining himself by doing Lone Ranger appearances.
The book is an easy read, with a decent amount of pictures without the mask for those that are curious. With personal stories into the background of serials and the Lone Ranger, personal stories about his life and some information about other actors Clayton Moore had worked with.
Moore rarely has anything negative to say about anyone, and is kind and polite when talking about things that would anger the average person, such as getting fired from the Lone Ranger show.
It is impossible to lead as virtuous a life as the Lone Ranger, and while Moore may have made some personal mistakes in life, they were few and corrected. Certainly, he was a hero for millions, and felt it his obligation and responsibility to live up to that persona, unnlike actors and sports stars of today. I was impressed with the story of how after making an appearance as the Lone Ranger, and while still in costume, they came upon a traffic accident. Of course, Clayton Moore, in Lone Ranger garb, was directing traffic and helping out until the police arrived.
The book may have presented his personal mistakes or conflicts in the best light, but his way of dealing with it was as a gentleman.
Certainly, I learned more about the actor and the character and would recommend this book to others.
It was an easy read, but tha's OK since some younger people may be interested in the book also.
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Clayton Moore's book is a treat for aging baby-boomers who still return to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Even with his respectable work product as a B movie actor in the '40s, Moore ("Jack" to insiders) was relatively unknown when he first appeared as The Lone Ranger in TV's version of the classic radio series. The best parts of the book are the behind the scene details of the famous TV show. Moore recalls his friendship with Jay Silverheels, a full-blooded Mohawk whose real name was Harold J. Smith. Tonto's dialogue both annoyed and amused Silverheels. Silverheels joked about it with Moore, but he also worked to improve the film image of Native Americans. Two horses portrayed Silver. We also learn the story of Lone Ranger Rock, featured in the opening sequence of the show. For decades, Moore made personal appearances in character. Wherever he traveled, everybody loved him for what he meant to Western folklore and us. He was careful to preserve the integrity of the image in his private life. In a conspicuous public relations blunder, The Wrather Corporation, because of a new movie (circa, 1980), took Moore to court to prohibit him from wearing the mask in public. Loyal fans united in protest and stayed away from the box office in droves. After the film flopped, Moore got the mask back. Moore says he knew there was a private person besides the public image, and that he was careful to keep the two identities separate. Regardless, Clayton Moore was that masked man. Recommended reading for nostalgia buffs and generations of loyal Lone Ranger fans. ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read. Jan. 4 1999
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If you are a fan of the Lone Ranger, movie serials and/or Clayton Moore, this is a must read. Moore is quite possibly the only movie serial star alive today. He provides a wealth of inside information on how they were made. His insights into the production of the Lone Ranger series is also quite facinating. His feelings on portraying the Lone Ranger come across as sincere and genuine. He also seems to be a very pleasant person and a real pro. However, what keeps the book out of the five star rating are a few details that he skips over. For example, he glossed over why he was replaced by John Hart in the role of the Ranger for a year. I think there is more to the story. Moore also describes his longstanding friendship with Tom Neal. I would have been interested to learn about Moore's feelings about the murder that Neal committed in the late 60's. Maybe that kind of sordidness doesn't belong in a upbeat and positive book like this. All in all, a great book that must be read by Lone Ranger and serial fans everywhere.
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At the outset, I must admit to a bias. I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Hayt Elementary School (as did Clayton Moore) and I was told by my 8th grade teacher (Hetty Reichow) that I had been assigned to the same desk the Lone Ranger had once sat in. I was able to picture the buidling and the gymnastic equipment the author fondly remembers. I enjoyed the book for other sentimental reasons as well. Along with Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger was one of my favorites. I was particularly interested in his legal battle over his wearing of the mask. And, it was important to learn that Clayton Moore tried to live out the ideals of the Lone Ranger. You can never be sure about hollywood types these days. I have a copy of the Lone Ranger's Creed framed and hanging on the wall in my home. Two of my prized possessions are autographs from Roy Rogers and Clayton Moore. Buy the book - If you grew up with the Lone Ranger, you will enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was Taken Back To Those Thrilling Days of 'Yesteryear'
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LONG RANGER REALLY WAS THE LONE RANGER!
This is a delightful autobiography, mainly because what the reader learns quickly is that Clayton Moore was every bit as
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Published on July 22 2002 by James T. Reed III
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LONG RANGER REALLY WAS THE LONE RANGER!
This is a delightful autobiography, mainly because what the reader learns quickly is that Clayton Moore was every bit as
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Published on July 22 2002 by James T. Reed III
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
Love it for the inside story of his being the Lone Rnager, his civil suit when a 1980's version came out, and above all his brush with Charles Manson's "family. Read more
Published on April 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book!
In this book, Clayton Moore tells all about his life: how he got to be the Lone Ranger, what it was like for him to be the Lone Ranger, and much more. Read more
Published on July 17 2001 by Jenny Brobst
5.0 out of 5 stars history of the tv lone ranger
a great book, if any like me are a fan of the LONE RANGER buy it i don'tusully like storys about one's self butthis is a great book it is the life history of the lone ranger... Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by "trackspike2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Ranger Fans--Buy This Book!
Clayton Moore grew up loving western movies and idolizing the silver screen heroes of his youth. He wished he could be one of them. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2001 by Ronald DeHart
5.0 out of 5 stars Words from the Masked Man himself.
Massive doses of nostalgia are guaranteed upon reading this book. Clayton Moore takes us on a ride to the thrilling days of yesteryear in a very pleasant account of his days as The... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2000 by LUIS
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lone Ranger fan "must read"
A easy read in a weekend or a rainy day. Clayton Moore takes all of us Boomers back in time with a wonderful recollection of the show, the characters, the actors, locations, and... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 1999 by E. M. Steele
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