Who was that masked man?
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 11/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Lone Ranger and Tonto ride to the rescue when a gang of hooded-raiders spreads murder and terror searching for a legendary treasure on Indian land. As a nostalgic treat, this Western movie is perfect for those who remember those thrilling days of yesteryear. Clayton Moore's portrayal of the Lone Ranger is part of childhood memories for many loyal fans. Jay Silverheels will be forever identified as "his faithful Indian companion, Tonto." Amidst a plethora of cereal commercials, The Lone Ranger and Tonto chased the bad guys right off our B&W TV screens back in the baby-boomer '50s. This is the second of two feature length films produced after the TV series ended first-run episodes in 1956. The color photography enhances the excitement of larger-than-life heroes. The script and other production values are Grade B, at best, but, who cares? When The Lone Ranger, on his fiery horse, Silver, rides over the horizon outlaws are out of luck. The Lone Ranger's distinctive manner of dress (red neckerchief, white hat, and blue jump suit) identifies him as a real American hero. The trademark black mask, silver bullets, and gleaming six-guns effectively round out the mysterious and heroic image. As an interesting aside, the movie makes some thoughtful observations of the racial injustice suffered by Native Americans. As usual, good triumphs over evil, and traditional values are preserved. This is a great way to introduce today's high tech kids to the legned of The Lone Ranger. Simple pleasures are the best. Enjoy the ride, right down to the final "Heigh-Yo, Silver, away!" ;-)"
The End of the Run!
BVT | Paranaque City Philippines | 11/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels established the definitive Lone Ranger and Tonto characterization for all ages. They started in 1949 and had a successful TV series running for many years ending sometime after the mid 1950's. John Hart's Lone Ranger was a filler when Clayton went into a hiatus from the series. The TV series was capped by the "Lone Ranger" movie in 1957, which epitomized what a Lone Ranger cinematic presentation should be, unequalled in production design and grandiose in presentation. However, "The Lone Ranger and the City of Gold" is a lesson on how not to follow-up a successful movie with a sequel, as this pales in comparison. This is like a TV movie transposed to the big scren. But this film is significant for it signalled the end of the Moore-Silverheels film rendition of these western heroes. And about time too. This movie shows both actors getting old as the wrinkles of age are markedly obvious in this excellent VCI refurbishing of the film. The colors and sharpness are outstanding. That is the main reason why this must be part of one's DVD collection. This is labelled as a Region 1 DVD but appears to be a Region 0 disc as I was able to open it up in my Region 3 player. Thank heavens for that. Now all other Lone Rangers fans anywhere in the world can truly enjoy this one. This is why I rate it 4 stars."
Bruce Hunter | Northern Virginia | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not only did Clayton Moore try to live up to his role as the Lone Ranger, so did I. Thank God I had role models like this when I was growing up. What a different country this would be if kids still tried to emulate the silver screen cowboys of yesteryear. As for the movie, it has everything. Rich color, beautiful scenery, some of the best fight scenes ever put on film, and a subtext about the evils of racism. Put aside your modern world cynicism and just enjoy this movie and every other film you can put your hands on about this great American hero."
A Great Lone Ranger Movie!
Jenny Brobst | Belmont, NH United States | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Lone Ranger movie is action-packed from the beginning until the end, and it's even in color, too! This was the last Lone Ranger movie ever made, and it was the last film in which Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto. A great finale to their careers! The whole plot centers on five silver medallions cut from the same plaque that, put together, lead to a long-lost city of gold. These medallions belong to Indians, three of whom have been killed by the Hooded Raiders who wish to obtain the riches for themselves. Can the Lone Ranger and Tonto stop the Hooded Raiders from killing the two remaining Indians? Buy the film and find out. Anyone who loves the Lone Ranger will love this movie! A must-have for any Lone Ranger fan!!!"