The Lone Ranger

Season 1 Episode 1

Enter the Lone Ranger

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Sep 15, 1949 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Six Texas Rangers, led by Captain Dan Reid, are ambushed in a canyon by the outlaw, Butch Cavendish and his gang. One ranger, Reid's brother John, survives the attack. He is found and nursed back to health by an old friend from his childhood, an Indian scout named Tonto. The younger Reid fashions a mask from his slain brother's vest and becomes the Lone Ranger.


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    Jay Silverheels

    Jay Silverheels


    Fred Foy

    Fred Foy

    Announcer/Narrator [uncredited]

    Clayton Moore

    Clayton Moore

    John ' The Lone Ranger ' Reid

    Jack Clifford

    Jack Clifford


    Guest Star

    Tristram Coffin

    Tristram Coffin

    Captain Dan Reid

    Guest Star

    Glenn Strange

    Glenn Strange


    Guest Star

    Gerald Mohr

    Gerald Mohr

    Narrator [uncredited]

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Narrator: Then, as if timed by Fate, a third figure, an Indian, enters the hot canyon. Surprised, he sees the results of the Cavendish Gang's handiwork. Texas Rangers, sprawled in attitudes of violent death. These were men to whom heroic deeds were a part of each day's work. And now their work was done.

      • Narrator: This is a story of one of the most mysterious characters to appear in the early days of the West. He was a fabulous individual. A man whose presence brought fear to the lawless and hope to those who wanted to make this frontier land their home. He was known as the Lone Ranger.

      • Tonto: While you sleep, me bury other Rangers over there. Make grave for men, bring belongings here.
        Lone Ranger: That was good of you, Tonto.
        Tonto: Them brave men.
        Lone Ranger: Yes, they were brave and they won't be forgotten. I've spent a lot of time thinking. For every one of those men, I'm going to bring a hundred law-breakers to justice. I'll make that Cavendish Gang, and every criminal that I can find for that matter, regret the day those Rangers were killed. Tonto, from this moment on, I'm going to devote my life to establishing law and order in this new frontier, to make the West a decent place to live.

      • Tonto: Here gun, to kill bad men.
        Lone Ranger: I'm not going to do any killing.
        Tonto: You not defend yourself?
        Lone Ranger: Oh, I'll shoot if I have to. But I'll shoot to wound, not to kill. If a man must die, it's up to the law to decide that, not the person behind the six-shooter.

      • Lone Ranger: Only you, Tonto, know I'm alive. To the world, I'll be buried here, beside my brother and my friends, forever.
        Tonto: You all alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.
        Lone Ranger: Yes, Tonto. I am the Lone Ranger.

      • Tonto: Kemo sabe, me help you fight outlaw.
        Lone Ranger: But, Tonto, don't you have a family? Anyone?
        Tonto: No. Me lone like you. Me want law here too, for all.
        Lone Ranger: All right, Tonto. You'll be a lot of help. We'll ride together.

    • NOTES (3)

      • George J. Lewis is credited under the name George Lewis.

      • By all accounts, The Lone Ranger was the first network TV series to be shot on film. And the show has another distinction: In it's initial five year run, with the exception of the second season, this series was in production, and had new episodes airing 52 weeks a year!

      • The first three episodes of the series are all connected, and deal with the origin of the Lone Ranger. This first episode ends in cliff-hanger fashion with our hero..... well..... hanging by a cliff.

        [The first three episodes are available edited together as a ersatz feature "Enter the Lone Ranger" (1949) running 68 minutes minus titles and recaps. (It was a three parter)]

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