Compared with the television series, THE LONE RANGER looked like an epic production with Technicolor to ramp everything up. The budget exceeded the television series, and the villains are a slimy lot of dastards. The Lone Ranger behaves in his usual virtuous manner, but the villains put him to the test. He battles a muscle-bound brute of an Indian, has his head creased by a bullet, and saves Tonto from a necktie party. In other words, THE LONE RANGER comes packed with action along with the usual cowboy racism. The white settlers hate the red native Americans. Cattle baron Reece Kilgore (Lyle Bettger of GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL) frames the Native Americans with several crimes because he wants an Indian uprising. Kilgore regards the land on which the Indian Reservation lies as ripe for the taking. What most people don't know is that the land is rich with mineral wealth. The action is fast, and THE LONE RANGER never wears out its welcome at 80 minutes.