The TV Lone Ranger of my generation looked heroic and acted heroic. The movie version seems a bit more complicated. Meet the TV masked man and see what you think.
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Lone Ranger and Tonto of the 1950's played by Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels and Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer who play the characters in the recently released movie version.
The TV Lone Ranger, better than the movie version?
The TV Lone Ranger looked like a hero.
The Lone Ranger and his Indian "sidekick" Tonto may be new to young movie audiences, but the characters have been around for a long time – from the 1930's on radio and the 1950's on television.
I grew up with the TV Lone Ranger, first watching it at a neighbour's house before we got our own TV. The show was in black and white, there was no colour TV then, but that didn't matter because TV was so new and exciting.
You can judgefor yourself about the latest Lone Ranger and Tonto, but the TV pair were true heroes. They were loyalfriends -- both had saved the other from death – fighting against injusticeto make America's wild west a safer place.
They looked like heroes too. The Lone Ranger rode a powerful white horse named Silver, wore a white hat, and had two splendidpistols in his magnificentholster Tonto had his own sharp-looking Indian suit.
The stories were easy to understand, clear cases of right versuswrong, heroes versusvillains. I have put together clips from a typical20 minute show, so you can see how a story developed.
First, every story had the same introduction, dating back to the radio show. The Lone Ranger is seen riding and shooting his gun with background music from the famous William Tell Overture.
"The Lone Ranger
A fieryhorse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty"Hi-Yo Silver!"
This is the story of one of the most mysteriouscharacters to appear in the early days of the West. He was a fabulous
individual, a man whose presencebrought fear to the lawless and hope to those who wanted to make this frontiertheir home. He was known as the Lone Ranger."
The introduction finished, every story had similar elements:
An injustice: Every story had to have an injusticefor the Lone Ranger to fight. In this story, "High Heels", cattle farmer Dave Engles' water holes for his animals have been poisoned, forcing him to use the water on his good friend St Ivy's ranch
An evilplan: Monk, the bad guy in the story, carries out a plan to destroy the relationshipbetween the two good friends,
leaving Engles without water and forcing him to sell his land to Monk cheaply. Only Monk knows that the government is
planning to build a railroad through Engles' land, greatly increasing its value.
The evilplan is foiled: The Lone Ranger finds out about the railroad and plays a trickon Monk, substituting disappearing ink for real ink on the contractto buy Engles' land.
A big fight: There must be a big fight and this one happens when Monk finds out he is tricked.
A happy ending:The bad guy is caught. The good guys become friends again and peace returns to the area – thanks
to the Lone Ranger.
Watch the three-minute clip and you can should be able to follow what is going on.
You can see the whole 21-minute episode here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5OLZM5X6c
Of course, times have changed. Here is a trailer from the movie, the Lone Ranger starring Johnny Debb and Armie Hammer. Which do you prefer?
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audience: the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. - ผู้ชม
character: a person in a book, play, film etc - ผู้สวมบทบาท, ตัวแสดง
contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
disappear: to no longer exist; to no longer be in use - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
does not matter: it’s not important - ไม่สู้เป็นไร
element: an important basic part of something complicated, for example a system or plan - องค์ประกอบ, ส่วนประกอบ
evil: very bad or cruel - ชั่วร้าย
fabulous: extremely good - เยี่ยม
fiery: showing strong emotions, especially anger - เร่าร้อน, เผ็ดร้อน, รุนแรง
foil: to prevent something from succeeding - ขัดขวาง สกัดกั้น
frontier: a border between two countries, especially one with official points where people or vehicles cross; the outer edge of a country or area that is the furthest point where people have started to live and build towns - ชายแดน, พรมแดน, เขตแดน
hearty: loud, cheerful and full of energy - แข็งแรง
holster: a leather case worn on a belt or on a narrow piece of leather under the arm, used for carrying a small gun - ซองหนังใส่ปืนพก
individual: a person considered separately rather than as part of a group - บุคคล
injustice: failure to treat someone fairly and to respect their rights - ความไม่ยุติธรรม
judge: to form an opinion about somebody/something, based on the information you have - ตัดสิน
loyal: firm and not changing in your friendship with or support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your principles - ซื่อสัตย์
magnificent: very good, beautiful or deserving to be admired - สง่างาม, ดีเลิศ, หรูหราฟู่ฟ่า
mysterious: not explained or understood; full of secrets - ลึกลับ, น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
neighbour: someone who lives near you, - เพื่อนบ้าน
overture: a piece of music written as an introduction to an opera or a ballet - เพลงโหมโรง, ดนตรีที่เล่นนำก่อนที่จะแสดงคอนเสิร์ต
pistol: a small gun that you hold in one hand - ปืนพก,ปืนสั้น
poison: to put poison in or on something - วางยาพิษ
presence: the fact of being in a particular place, thing or situation - การเข้าร่วม, การมีอยู่
ranch: a large farm, especially in N America or Australia, where cows, horses, sheep, etc. are bred - ฟาร์มปศุสัตว์
relationship: the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other - ความสัมพันธ์
release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
sharp: fashionable and new - ทันสมัย
sidekick: a person who helps another more important or more intelligent person - เพื่อนร่วมงาน
splendid: very impressive or very good - ที่น่าประทับใจ
substitute: to replace someone/something - แทน,สับเปลี่ยน
trick: something that you do to make somebody believe something which is not true - การหลอกลวง, การเล่นกล
typical: having the usual qualities or features of a particular type of person, thing or group - เป็นแบบฉบับ, เป็นสัญลักษณ์
versus: used to show that two teams or sides are against each other - ต่อสู้กับ
villain: a bad character in a play, film or story - ตัวร้าย
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