Classic Media presents "THE LONE RANGER: 75TH ANNIVERSARY - SEASON ONE AND TWO" (15 September 1949) (1900 mins/In Glorious Black & White) (Collectors Edition) (digitally remastered in Dolby) -- A record 221 episodes were filmed between 1949 and 1955 - 182 in B&W and 39 in color --- Now the complete Seasons 1 & 2 of the original TV Series (78 Episodes) -- Over 1900 minutes on 12 Discs --- In the beginning, six Texas Rangers led by Captain Dan Reid in search of a bunch of outlaws known as the Cavendish gang are ambushed at Bryant's Gap --- All of the Rangers are shot and left for dead --- A Mohawk Indian, Tonto, comes upon the massacre and discovers one Lone Ranger still alive --- Tonto carries the seriously wounded man to a cave and nurses him back to health --- John Reid, the surviving ranger, tells his story to Tonto, and later tears a piece of black material from his dead brother Dan Reid's vest and makes a mask which enabled him to hide his identity and to pose as an outlaw to get near the gang --- Later, Reid and Tonto learn most of the outlaws had been hanged or imprisoned --- To symbolize the massacre at Bryant's Gap, The Lone Ranger never removed his mask and continued to pursue outlaws and defend justice every week with his faithful Indian companion Tonto, his equally faithful steed Silver, and his legendary silver bullets, never fired in anger --- we all know very well that Tonto and the Ranger are very good friends and saddle partners --- Clayton Moore once stated he loved Jay Silverheels like a Brother -- and that my friends is a real hero!
1. Clayton Moore (aka: Jack Carlton Moore)
Date of Birth: 14 September 1914 - Chicago, Illinois (some sources say 1908)
Date of Death: 28 December 1999 - Los Angeles, California
2. Jay Silverheels (aka: Harold J. Smith)
Date of BirthL 26 May 1912 - Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 5 March 1980 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
1. Three Episodes from the 1960s Cartoon
2. Classic Lassie Episode featuring The Lone Ranger
3. Original Radio Broadcast from 1950.
EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIBLE MEMORABILIA:
1. 88 Page Commenorative Book
2. Complete Episode Guide
3. Rare Comic Book & Photo Reprints
4. Limited Edition Collectibles
Special footnote, Clayton Moore was a circus acrobat at the age of eight and grew up in the Midwest (Illinois) --- worked in the circus and traveled to New York and then Hollywood where he became a stuntman and bit player --- inducted into the "Stuntman's Hall of Fame" in 1982 --- also received the "Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame'" also the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" both in 1990 --- Clayton was once quoted "Playing him [the Lone Ranger] made me a better person.", "Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn't want any other. I was playing the good guy." --- "I will continue wearing the white hat and black mask until I ride up into the big ranch in the sky." (On his costume as the Lone Ranger, February 4, 1985) --- Clayton very much enjoyed quoting and lived by "A Ranger's Creed" which included this moral lesson "That God put the firewood there, but every man must gather and light it himself."
Great job by Classic Media for releasing the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print --- looking forward to more of the same from The Lone Ranger vintage era --- order your copy now from Amazon or Classic Media --- Western Classics -- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 1900 mins on 12 DVD's ~ Classic Media #81501 ~ (11/11/2008)