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The Lone Ranger Rides Again

Realease Date

February 25, 1939

Directed by

William Witney
John English

Written by

Franklin Adreoon
Ronald Davidson
Gerald Geraghty
Barry Shipman
Sol Shor
Fran Striker
George W. Trendle

Produced by

Robert M. Beche


Republic Pictures

Number of Chapters


Preceded by

The Lone Ranger (1938)

The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939) is a Republic Pictures serial. It was a sequel to Republic's earlier 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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main cast[edit | edit source]

Supporting Cast[edit | edit source]

Additional Cast[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

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.

Stunts[edit | edit source]

Release[edit | edit source]

Theatrical[edit | edit source]

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.

Chapter titles[edit | edit source]

  1. The Lone Ranger Returns (28 min 54s)
  2. Masked Victory (16 min 43s)
  3. The Black Raiders Strike (16 min 45s)
  4. The Cavern of Doom (16 min 44s)
  5. Agents of Deceit (16 min 37s)
  6. The Trap (16 min 39s)
  7. Lone Ranger at Bay (16 min 42s)
  8. Ambush (16 min 40s)
  9. Wheels of Doom (16 min 44s)
  10. The Dangerous Captive (16 min 37
  11. Death Below (16 min 40s)
  12. Blazing Peril (16 min 41s) -- Re-Cap Chapter
  13. Exposed (16 min 42s)
  14. Besieged (16 min 39s)
  15. Frontier Justice (16 min 45s)

DVD Availability[edit | edit source]

Serial Squadron DVD

The best known copy of this serial is currently available from The Serial Squadron put a lot of effort into the restoration of this film, including the removal of all of the Spanish sub-titles.

External links[edit | edit source]

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