Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===1981 Film=== The Lone Ranger returned to the big screen in 1981 with the big-budget [[The Legend of the Lone Ranger|''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'']], which retold the origin story of the Lone Ranger. [[Klinton Spilsbury]] played the title character in the film, though his dialogue was later overdubbed by [[James Keach]]. This film became an unmitigated box office failure, due in large part to a move by Jack Wrather, who owned the rights to the Lone Ranger. In an effort not to 'confuse' the fans, Wrather decided to obtain a court order preventing [[Clayton Moore]] from appearing in public wearing the mask. This move caused massive negative publicity as audiences still knew Moore as the Lone Ranger from his frequent public appearances in character. As a consequence film goers stayed away, and the film barely made two-thirds of its original $18 million budget. [[File:Spilsbury_LR.jpg|thumb|Klinton Spilsbury]] Aside from the publicity fiasco, ''Legend'' is the first time the Lone Ranger is officially given a full name. His last name was obviously Reid, but throughout the radio and TV series a first name was never given. This movie is the first "official" appearance of the name John (the name previously appeared in book about the history of radio), which has been given the character since. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Lone Ranger Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://loneranger.fandom.com/wiki/Lone_Ranger"