Post by sloanrodgers on Dec 11, 2012 22:25:30 GMT -5
The new Lone Ranger movie comes out soon. It has a couple trailers. For some reason Tonto is now a Comanche warrior, who wears a chicken on his head. It looks action-packed if not true to the original.
Post by loucapitano on Dec 15, 2012 13:09:44 GMT -5
I'll probaby see it. But as a true believer of Lone Ranger TV episodes, movies and comic books, this movie will have some challenges. Of course, LR and Tonto was more than a mask, silver bullets and a fiery horse, they was totally good and never killed an outlaw, to my knowledge. Well, if anyone can get this right, it would be Disney although Spielberg might have given it a run. Lou from Long island
Post by sloanrodgers on Dec 16, 2012 16:55:18 GMT -5
And I'll wait for it to come on DVD, although I'm sure it's worthy of a big screen viewing. I have a collection of the old TV series with Moore and Silverheels. I love some of these episodes, but they all seem so primitive and a little campy as opposed to my first exposure with my father forty-something years ago. Maturity sure ruins a lot of old shows, but at least I had a chance to grow up and look back with fondness.
Post by mjbrathwaite on Dec 17, 2012 18:51:51 GMT -5
I hope it's an improvement on "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981). That came out when I was writing my M.A. thesis on Hollywood's treatment of the Indians. While I quite liked the bit where Tonto prepared to scalp a villain without seeking approval from the Lone Ranger, I thought the film as a whole was tedious, and that much of it was in very poor taste - especially where General Custer was concerned.
Post by sloanrodgers on Dec 17, 2012 22:53:13 GMT -5
My family thought the '81 movie was awful also and I was trying to block it from my memory. It did reintroduce me to the old shows as a teenager and give my father some nostalgia from his first viewing of the '50s TV series while in the U.S. Army.
Post by Paul Sylvain on Dec 24, 2012 5:28:58 GMT -5
Wow, talk about missing something, I had no clue there was a new "Hi-Ho Silver" flick in the works. I do remember the old TV series. Interesting that the show used a REAL First Nation actor in Jay Silverheels (I believe he was Mohawk, if memory serves me right). In those days you could tell the good guys from the bad guys by what color cowboy hat they wore, and "good" ALWAYS triumphed over evil.
Sometimes I wish they'd leave the "original" version of these old shows and forget remakes. More often than not the remakes aren't so new and improved at all, and fall short. That could be especially true when trying to revisit such an icon of the past as the Lone Ranger. But I'll keep an open mind and my eye out for the obligatory DVD.
Post by sloanrodgers on Dec 24, 2012 16:36:10 GMT -5
The Lone Ranger was great and the period with Moore and Silverheels (yes, a Mohawk) was probably the high point never to be rivaled for most fans. I think they stood apart from all the white-hat-heroes of the era. Maybe it was the mask and the faithful Potawatomi companion in Tonto or the code of honor they instilled in impressionable young TV viewers. Excluding the ancient Greek heroes and the old west lawmen, the creators of the Lone Ranger, Zorro and the Scarlet Pimpernell probably deserve a lot of the credit for the fantastic rise of the superhero in comic books and numerous other media. One of these creators could have made a few million if there had been some way to initially copyright the invention of the masked-secret identity.
Post by loucapitano on Feb 8, 2013 12:25:12 GMT -5
A network new to Cablevsion in my area called COZI has begun to show 1950s episodes of the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers daily. I watch them while babysitting my 10 month old granddaughter who loves the theme music and the horses. Another generation of believers! I've seen several trailers on the upcoming Disney Lone Ranger. It looks like mostly high action with humor (like Johnny Depp in his Pirates of the Caribbean series.) I hope it pays some homage to the TV and Radio series I grew up with.
I watch them while babysitting my 10 month old granddaughter who loves the theme music and the horses.
She has very good taste. That's obviously Rossini's William Tell Oveture or more specifically the 4th part of the introduction to the opera. This piece of the overture has been called the March of the Swiss Soldiers, The Finale and The Cavalry Charge, but now it's usually just called the Lone Ranger theme. It's supposedly the most well-known and frequently recorded music in opera history. I'm sure your granddaughter is also a fan of the 3rd part of the overture, which is titled: Ranz des Vaches (Call of the Cows) as it was used in Bugs Bunny and other cartoons.
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Post by loucapitano on Feb 17, 2013 17:36:49 GMT -5
Thanks for the generous praise. Believe it or not, she seems to enjoy all music, from rock to classical. What's really a delight is the Encore Western Channel whch shows episodes from the 1960 series Have Gun Will Travel and Lawman and she loves their theme songs. In fact, we can't give her a nap when those themes come on. If you remember, the Lawman, John Russell played Dickenson in "The Last Command." And Richard Boone, of course played Houston for John Wayne. Another Alamo connection. By the way, that last movement of the William Tell Overture contains one of the longest and best endings that's ever appeared in classical music. We look forward to it every day.
Post by sloanrodgers on Feb 17, 2013 19:03:39 GMT -5
You're welcome. Richard Boone was the best Houston. Boone was 6 foot 1 inches. deep-voiced, considered ruggedly handsome and unlike a lot of Hollywood talent, he could convincingly ride a horse. Have Gun Will Travel was a classic TV series, but Boone's 70s show, Hec Ramsey was more my era. I liked him as an aging wild west detective.
Post by loucapitano on Feb 23, 2013 14:55:10 GMT -5
skr, I really liked Richard Boone's bad ass performance in 1971 "Big Jake." It made me think of what Paladin's dark side would have been like. Thanks, I almost forgot about Hec Ramsey. I must have been out chasing butterflies and not watching much TV at the time.