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Published on Jul 23, 2014
This clip runs just under 1 minute and contains an early version of the often refilmed opening to the "Lone Ranger" TV show. While much of the clip, like other versions, is shot on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., the first 20 seconds or so of this version are filmed in an unknown location. This location has often been reported to be Lone Pine, Calif., but that theory has been disputed. A brief segment included at the end of the clip is also believed to be filmed in this same unknown location.
Like virtually all of the many versions of the opening to the TV series, the clip features Lone Ranger Rock, where Clayton Moore, as the Lone Ranger, rears up on his horse Silver soon after the familiar cry of "Hi-Yo Silver!" is heard. Lone Ranger Rock can still be visited today, on the former site of the Iverson Ranch. In this version, the rock first appears at about the 30-second mark.
Also noteworthy in this version is that it includes what is probably the longest available edit of the Lone Ranger's ride down into the Iverson Gorge after he leaves Lone Ranger Rock, spanning from about the 35-second mark to the 46-second mark.
The soundtrack includes the well-known "William Tell Overture" by Rossini, which has been widely associated with the Lone Ranger since the TV show first aired in 1949.
A number of other versions of the opening also exist, both in color and in black-and-white, with different edits, alternate footage, sponsor inserts and a variety of title inserts. Most versions are shot primarily or entirely on the Iverson Movie Ranch.
For other versions of the "Lone Ranger" opening, and for additional photos, videos and information about the Iverson Movie Ranch, the most widely filmed outdoor location ranch in movie and television history, please go to my blog focused on preserving the history and legacy of the Iverson Ranch: