GenreWestern Music directorWilliam Lava LanguageEnglish
John English WriterFranklin Adreoon, Ronald Davidson, Gerald Geraghty, Barry Shipman, Sol shor, Fran Striker, George W. Trendle Release dateFebruary 25, 1939 DirectorsWilliam Witney, John English CastRobert Livingston (The Lone Ranger / Bill Andrews), Chief Thundercloud (Tonto), Silver Chief (Silver), Duncan Renaldo (Juan Vasquez), Jinx Falkenburg (Sue Dolan), Ralph Dunn (Bart Dolan) Similar moviesRelated William Witney movies
The lone ranger rides again lost republic serial chapter 1
The Lone Ranger Rides Again is a 1939 American Republic serial. It was a sequel to Republic's 1938 serial The Lone Ranger, which had been highly successful, and the thirteenth of the sixty-six serials produced by Republic.
The serial was considered lost for a long time but copies, with Spanish subtitles, have since been found and re-issued.
The lone ranger rides again
Homesteaders moving into a valley in New Mexico are being attacked by the Black Raiders. The valley had been settled by rancher Craig Dolan, who does not want the new homesteaders to be there. His son, Bart, has taken matters into his own hands and formed the Black Raiders. The Lone Ranger attempts to aid the homesteaders but he is hampered by the fact that he has been framed for being part of the Raiders. In particular, Juan Vasquez believes that he killed his brother, although when this is disproven he becomes another of the Lone Ranger's partners. However, the Ranger is forced to remove the mask and operate under the name of "Bill Andrews" at times in order to successfully protect the homesteaders.
Robert Livingston as The Lone Ranger and undercover as homesteader Bill Andrews. Avoiding the deliberate mystery of the radio show and the gradual revelation of the first serial, the Lone Ranger is clearly revealed as Bill Andrews from the start. Livingston replaced Lee Powell from the first serial.
Chief Thundercloud as Tonto, the Lone Ranger's sidekick
Silver Chief as Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse. Silver Chief replaced Silver King, the horse in the original serial.
Duncan Renaldo as Juan Vasquez, who originally believes the Lone Ranger killed his brother
Jinx Falken as Sue Dolan
Ralph Dunn as Bart Dolan, Craig Dolan's son, the villain and leader of the Black Raiders
J. Farrell MacDonald as Craig Dolan
William Gould as Jed Scott
Rex Lease as Evans
Ted Mapes as Merritt, a settler
Henry Otho as Pa Daniels
John Beach as Hardin, one of the Black Raiders
Glenn Strange as Thorne, one of the Black Raiders
Stanley Blystone as Murdock, one of the Black Raiders
Eddie Parker as Hank, one of the Black Raiders
Al Taylor as Colt, one of the Black Raiders
Carlton Young as Logan
Forrest Taylor (uncredited) as Judge Miller
Billy Bletcher as the (uncredited) voice of The Lone Ranger. Bletcher also voiced the Ranger in the previous serial.
The Lone Ranger Rides Again was budgeted at $193,878 although the final negative cost was $213,997 (a $20,119, or 10.4%, overspend). It was the most expensive Republic serial of 1939 and the second most expensive of all Republic serials after Captain America (1944, $222,906), just beating Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943, $210,033).
The studio was willing to spend so much on this serial because the previous Lone Ranger serial had been a major success and was making a profit after only a few months on release.
It was filmed between 9 December 1938 and 20 January 1939 under the working title The Lone Ranger Returns. The serial's production number was 895.
Director William Witney did not believe the script was as good as the original The Lone Ranger but for the first time the directors insisted on being part of the casting process for this serial.
The Lone Ranger Rides Again's official release date is 25 February 1939, although this is actually the date the seventh chapter was made available to film exchanges.