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Updated: August 10, 2013 6:18AM
New Lone Ranger’s saddlebags
full of theater dollars
Before television, listeners of all ages sat transfixed before the radio, waiting for the masked rider’s stirring shout of “Hi-yo Silver.” The western was a not-to-be-missed evening radio drama.
It galloped onto the screen in 1949 and stayed until 1957, TV’s most popular horse opera for kids like me.
The new “Lone Ranger” movie can’t hold a candle to the real Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels). A real Indian filled that part; that won’t be matched.
The radio and TV series were free in those days. I see Hollywood reproducing other great radio shows like “The Black Ace,” “The Shadow,” “Dragnet” and “Flash Gordon,” and making some a series at theaters.
Like the real Shadow, we too know what lurks in the hearts — and wallets — of Hollywood.