Magazine article American Cinematographer

I Was That Masked Man

Magazine article American Cinematographer

I Was That Masked Man

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I Was That Masked Man by Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson Taylor Publishing Co., cloth, 266pps., $22.95

Actor Clayton Moore alternately played heroes and heavies in 10 serials, 45 feature films and various TV shows between 1937 and 1961, but he is most popularly known as the Western hero The Lone Ranger. Moore embodied the role in 221 half-hour television episodes and two theatrical features made during 1949-51 and 1954-58. He has since made many personal appearances wearing the costume of "the masked rider of the Plains," although for several years he was forbidden by the producers to don the mask in public. So strongly identified Is he with a character that he last portrayed on screen 39 years ago that a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, placed across from the Chinese Theatre in 1987, reads, "clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger."

Moore has yet another cult following that goes back to his serial performances, which began in 1942 in Republic's The Perils of Nyoka and ended in 1953 with the last serial ever made, Columbia's Gunfighters of the Northwest. …

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