Monday, January 28, 2008

Mystery TV Themes: THE LONE RANGER

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

Celebrating its 75th anniversary January 30, the story of The Lone Ranger has been told on radio, TV, film, and in animation and comics. The title character is the lone survivor of an ambush of Texas Rangers, found by the Indian Tonto. Wearing a mask to hide his indentity, he dedicates himself to "making the West a decent place to live." The series began on radio in Detroit in 1933, and was so popular it led to several stations banding together for the Mutual Broadcasting System. The radio drama lasted until 1956.

The series made the jump to TV in 1949, airing on ABC. The Lone Ranger was portrayed by Clayton Moore (1949-52, 1954-57), and John Hart (1952-54). The part of Tonto was played the whole run by Jay Silverheels.

The show's theme was taken from the overture to "William Tell," a four-hour French opera composed by Gioacchino Rossini. It premiered at the Paris Opera in 1829.

The Lone Ranger links:
TV Guide
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Radio Hall of Fame
Lone Ranger Fan Club
Wikipedia

"William Tell" links:
Wikipedia
Classics For Kids

OPENING CREDITS


1956 THEATRICAL TRAILER


More themes:
PERRY MASON
HART TO HART
BATMAN 1966 (w/ THE ODD COUPLE)
BARNEY MILLER
MANNIX

1 comment:

  1. The theme song was so much identified with the show that it is still referred to as "the song from the Lone Ranger" more than "William Tell Overture." I don't think we ever missed the show when I was growing up.

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