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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878332162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878332168
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lone Ranger was my favorite Western TV show when I was a youngster. Clayton Moore's book not only gave me great insight into his life, and how fascinating and fulfilling it was, but I also enjoyed reading about how motion pictures and 'The Lone Ranger' were filmed.
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Taylor Trade Publishing presents "I WAS THAT MASKED MAN" (Paperback) - by Clayton Moore and Frank Thompson --- Clayton Moore was an American actor best known for playing the fictional western character The Lone Ranger --- Moore was a circus acrobat as a boy, then later enjoyed a successful career as a John Robert Powers model. Moving to Hollywood in the late 1930s, he began working as a stunt man and bit player between modeling jobs --- He was an occasional player in B-Westerns and Republic Studio cliffhangers, ultimately starring in more such films than serial hero Buster Crabbe --- His big break came in 1949, when George Trendle spotted him in "Ghost of Zorro" --- As producer of the radio show and creator of "The Lone Ranger" character along with writer Fran Striker, Trendle was about to launch the masked man in the new medium of television --- Moore was cast on sight.

In keeping with the nature of the Ranger character, Moore chose to protect the Ranger's identity at all times and is perhaps the only actor whose full face is largely unknown to the public. It was never shown in the TV series, although occasionally he would don a disguise and affect an accent, revealing the upper half of his face in the process. However, there is no shortage of photos of Moore unmasked, including many in his autobiography. His many fans, however, could easily recognize him by his distinctive voice --- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Title and Page Numbers)
Foreword by Leonard Maltin - ix
Preface by Frank Thompson - xi
Introduction by Frank Thompson - 1
1. Birth of a Ranger - 13
2. A Cowboy Actor in the Big Apple- 35
3. Hollywood - 43
4. Republic Pictures - 61
5. In the Army Now - 71
6. King of the B's - 79
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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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This is a delightful autobiography, mainly because what the reader learns quickly is that Clayton Moore was every bit as
straight-laced and trueblue as the Ranger himself. And Jay Silverheels becomes bigger than life, too! This is an unusual book, because it's obvious that Moore is not a writer. He is so intent on telling his story honestly and clearly, that the reader gets wrapped up in the narrative--just as Davy Crockett's autobiography is made more readable by his lack of sophistication in the writer's art. If you want unpretentious popular-culture history told in a direct and naive narrative, this is the book for you. It makes me want the Lone Ranger back on television! Hi Yo Clayton and Jay!
--Jim Reed, author, DAD'S TWEED COAT: SMALL WISDOMS, HIDDEN COMFORTS, UNEXPECTED JOYS (for more information on those thrilling days of yesteryear, see Jim's website jimreedbooks.com)
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This is a delightful autobiography, mainly because what the reader learns quickly is that Clayton Moore was every bit as
straight-laced and trueblue as the Ranger himself. And Jay Silverhills becomes bigger than life, too! This is an unusual book, because it's obvious that Moore is not a writer. He is so intent on telling his story honestly and clearly, that the reader gets wrapped up in the narrative--just as Davy Crockett's autobiography is made more readable by his lack of sophistication in the writer's art. If you want unpretentious popular-culture history told in a direct and naive narrative, this is the book for you. It makes me want the Lone Ranger back on television! Hi Yo Clayton and Jay!
--Jim Reed, author, DAD'S TWEED COAT: SMALL WISDOMS, HIDDEN COMFORTS, UNEXPECTED JOYS (for more information on those thrilling days of yesteryear, see Jim's website jimreedbooks.com)
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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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