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Welcome to the Museum of Western Film History

Explore, the museum's extensive collection of real movie costumes, movie cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia. This collection tells the story of filming in the area in and around Lone Pine from the early days of the Round Up to the modern blockbusters of today such as Iron Man. While you're here, don't forget to make the short trip up Whitney Portal Road and take the Self-Guided Tour of Movie Road and get a first hand look at real shooting locations of a great many motion pictures filmed in the beautiful Alabama Hills

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Scheduled for July 3, 2013, and starring Johhny Depp and Armie Hammer, Disney will release a re-imagined version of this classic story which started as a radio serial in the 1930s. Depp's, Tonto, will not be a mere sidekick to the Lone Ranger, played by Hammer. "It's a dysfunctional buddy movie," director Gore Verbinski says, according to USA Today... "It's two guys who start literally and figuratively handcuffed together who end up on the same mission with completely different world views. They sort of rub off on one another. But they have plenty of disagreements." Verbinski describes Depp's Tonto, who is Comanche in this take on the tale, as "an odd-shaman, an outcast from his own tribe, who has created his own mystical world.

Major filming took place in scenic Monument Valley over the summer but a second crew shot an early scene of a young Tonto in Lone Pine.

Made by the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean (director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer), the production has been beset by delays and budget squeezes – as well as Depp's extraordinary feather headdress. The blockbuster designated movie is now on track for release in summer 2013, (Target July3) at a reported cost of $215m.





Exhibit_Click_Here_2The Lone Ranger exemplified upstanding character and righteous purpose. He engaged in plenty of action, but his silver bullets were symbols of "justice by law," and were never used to kill. For the children's audience, he represented clean living and noble effort in the cause of fighting crime. His values and style, including his polished manners and speech, were intended to provide a positive role model. The show's standard musical theme was Rossini's "William Tell Overture," accompanied by the Lone Ranger voicing a hearty "Hi-Ho, Silver, away" as he rode off in a cloud of dust. Clayton Moore is most closely associated with the TV role, but John Hart played the Lone Ranger for two seasons. The part of Tonto was played by Jay Silverheels. After the original run of the program from 1949 to 1957, it was regularly shown in reruns until 1961, and later in animated form. The Lone Ranger has also been the subject of comic books and movies. Both the original and animated versions of the program have been syndicated. Perhaps no fictional action hero has become as established in our culture through as many media forms as the Lone Ranger. Clayton Moore made personal appearances in costume as the Lone Ranger for many years, until a corporation which had made a feature length film with another actor in the role obtained a court injunction to halt his wearing the mask in public. Moore continued his appearances wearing oversized sun glasses. He later regained the right to appear as the Lone Ranger, mask and all. -B.R. Smith

The Lone Ranger is the only survivor of an ambush by the Cavendish gang on a detachment of Texas Rangers. Tonto, a childhood companion stumbles across the injured Ranger and nurses him back to health. The Lone Ranger realizes with everyone thinking he is dead; it frees him to go after any criminals he wants. To hide his identity he makes a mask from the vest of his brother, killed in the same raid.

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1952)


This film was among the first "made for television films"... but it's actually a compilation of the first three episodes from the television series all filmed 3 years before. (The first, Enter the Lone Ranger, aired September 15, 1949). They were... "Enter the Lone Ranger", "The Lone Ranger Fights On", and "The Lone Ranger's Triumph". Enter the Lone Ranger, This episode explains the origins of the Lone Ranger and is the basis for the series. Without this episode, the entire series makes little sense. The Lone Ranger is more than just a crime fighter. He is a symbol, a living metaphor, for a set of values that place him on a higher plane. Moreover, the story is told in a straightforward and unambiguous manner, making it eminently easy to watch and enjoy. The acting is great and Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels are perfect for the parts. An important component is the musical track which is beautiful and powerful and perfectly compliments the story.  What is surprising is that although the forst episode is the opening episode of a television series, the episode is actually a full-length movie with a strong story, a wide array of characters and sets, and impressive cinematography. This is not a cheaply made production. Also notable in the cast is Glenn Strange who plays the Ranger's main antagonist. 




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Lone Pine in the Movies

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With over 400 Movies filmed in The Alabama Hills visitors come from all over the World to see "Then & Now" and "Stand in" for their favorite actors.  See the many still shots from our archives in search of your favorite movie scene in Lone Pine.

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The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545

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