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Hi-Yo Silver (1940)

Approved | | Western | 10 April 1940 (USA)
Edited version of the 1938 Republic serial "The Lone Ranger."


Barry Shipman (original screenplay), George Worthing Yates (original screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Thundercloud ... Tonto (archive footage) (as Chief Thunder-Cloud)
Lynne Roberts ... Joan Blanchard (archive footage) (as Lynn Roberts)
Stanley Andrews ... Captain Smith / Colonel Jeffries (archive footage)
George Cleveland ... George Blanchard (archive footage)
William Farnum ... Father McKim (archive footage)
Hal Taliaferro ... Bob Stuart (archive footage)
Bruce Bennett ... Bert Rogers (archive footage) (as Herman Brix)
Lee Powell ... Allen King / The Lone Ranger (archive footage)
Lane Chandler ... Dick Forrest (archive footage)
George Montgomery ... Jim Clark (archive footage) (as George Letz)
John Merton ... Kester, (archive footage)
Sammy McKim ... Sammy (archive footage)
Tom London ... Felton (archive footage)
Ray Bennett ... Black Taggart (archive footage) (as Raphael Bennet)
Maston Williams ... Joe Snead (archive footage)


Edited version of the 1938 Republic serial "The Lone Ranger."

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Release Date:

10 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den maskerade ryttaren See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Followed by The Lone Ranger (1966) See more »

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Condensed feature version of the serial almost works
8 January 2000 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

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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