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When Republic purchased the movie rights to the LR character, the agreement gave them full authority on the contents of the screenplay as well as a significant amount of freedom in interpreting the LR and Tonto characters.  The owner of the Lone Ranger was George Washington Trendle, and apparently he was not pleased with Republic's freedom with the storylines and characterizations (in particular, the unmasking of the LR).  Being a businessman, he was appreciative of the money he received, as well as the music that Republic furnished him (which was used extensively in the LR radio show).  You can find out more about George W. Trendle and the LR serials by clicking here.



(From Old Corral image collection)



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above, the unmasked Bob Livingston and Victor Daniels (Chief Thunder Cloud) in a scene from THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (1939) chapterplay. Silver was again portrayed by Silver Chief, and this time, Tonto's horse was named Scout to properly match up with the popular radio program. This paint horse was "Sunny" and was owned by Chief Thunder Cloud (you can find more info and photos of Sunny on the Chief Thunder Cloud page in the Trusty Steeds-Movie Horses section of the Old Corral). Scuttlebutt is that the white horse that Thomas Mitchell rode in GONE WITH THE WIND was Silver Chief.



(From Old Corral image collection)
From L-to-R are Frankie Darro, Gordon "Wild Bill" Elliott and Daniels in Columbia's serial THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK (1938).


Another credited role, this time in Universal's FLAMING FRONTIERS (1938).


Daniels had one of his better supporting roles in YOUNG BUFFALO BILL (1940) with Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes.  On this "painted" poster, he's even given billing as Chief Thundercloud and an image of his face is seen in the bottom right.



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