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Silver King the Horse,
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A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
When the Lone Ranger calls out "Hi Yo Silver, Away!" it is the voice of Earle W. Graser, the radio's Lone Ranger, that is heard and not the voice of either Lee Powell or Billy Bletcher. His recording of this signature cry was used even after his death and Brace Beemer had become the Lone Ranger. See more »
Condensed feature version of the serial almost works
The original serial, The Lone Ranger (1938) is one of the better early Republic serials. While I usually dislike feature versions of serials (basically for the same reason I have a disdain for Reader's Digest...you never know what they cut out if you haven't watched the whole serial, and if you have, you get really annoyed), this one was pretty watchable.
I have the DVD version and the movie was very enjoyable, but naturally the characterization was somewhat nonexistent. This is especially true for the five people suspected of being the Lone Ranger. One never really grasps anything but a single character trait from any of them (if you are that lucky), which is sad, considering we are talking about such serial stalwarts as Lane Chandler, Herman Brix and especially Lee Powell.
I rated this movie a 7 because I believe the flaws were outweighed by the action and the basic story...it is the Lone Ranger, after all.
If you would like to watch the best feature condensation of a serial, I would suggest you take a look at The Lost City, with Kane Richmond.
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