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The Lone Ranger (Brace Beemer) and Silver

The Lone Ranger is an Old Time Radio western audio drama. It ran from 1933-1956, producing over 3,000 episodes. The series was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, and Striker oversaw all of the scripts, writing the majority of them himself. A typical opening began with the "William Tell Overture" and the opening narration;

"A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! The Lone Ranger! ... With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States! Nowhere in the pages of History can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!"

Main Cast[]

  • The Lone Ranger was played by several actors over the years;
    • John L. Barrett, on test broadcasts on WEBR in January 1933
    • George Seaton (under the name George Stenius) (January 31–May 9, 1933)
    • James Jewell, the series director, for one episode
    • Jack Deeds, for one episode
    • Earle Graser (May 16, 1933–April 7, 1941). On April 8, Graser died in a car accident; and, for five episodes, the Lone Ranger was unable to speak beyond a whisper, with Tonto carrying the action.
    • Brace Beemer (April 18, 1941 to the end), who had been the show's deep-voiced announcer for several years
    • Fred Foy (March 29, 1954), also an announcer on the show, took over the role for one broadcast when Beemer had laryngitis.
  • Tonto was played by John Todd throughout the run of the show.
  • The Lone Ranger's nephew, Dan Reid, was played by several child actors over the run, including:
    • Bob Martin
    • James Lipton
    • Dick Beals