Thursday, December 27, 2012

"The Lone Ranger" and invention

From wikipedia on the movie The Legend of the Lone Ranger :

In a sequence in the movie, John Reid, a newly graduated attorney, is traveling west in a stagecoach to meet his brother. Another passenger announces his intent to make his fortune from his invention of sunglasses. The stage is robbed and the inventor killed. As the man lies on the ground with the broken dark glasses, John Reid says, "So much for free enterprise."

The sequence is an allusion to the legal fight between Clayton Moore and Jack Wrather, over Moore's appearing in public wearing The Lone Ranger Mask. After Wrather's initial victory, Moore appeared wearing sun glasses.

The original "The Lone Ranger" on radio was created because WXYZ, a small station in Detroit, could not afford network programs.


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