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I Was That Masked Man Paperback – Oct 1 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Revised ed. edition (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878332162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878332168
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Who doesn't love the Lone Ranger? I love the Lone Ranger. And I admire Clayton Moore and his determinations to live up to the ideals of the iconic character that he portrayed. Often to the detriment of his career, as keeping with the Lone Ranger's code of ethics precluded Moore from taking many roles that didn't fall into that strictly defined sense of morality. Was it the wisest choice? Only Clayton Moore can answer that.

Is this a good autobiography? Yes. Is it great? No. While the book is amiable, it is also a little dull. I really would have appreciated more insight into what it was like to work with people such as Bela Lugosi and Marilyn Monroe, but they are only given a sentence or two, each. And Mr. Moore seems to have no information as to why he was fired as the Lone Ranger, nor why they dropped the case against him. These are the juicy details that any LR fan would want to know.

Still, the book and the subject are enjoyable and there is some good information to mine from this.

Recommended to fans of The Lone Ranger.
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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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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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