Jerry Newcombe

When the Lone Ranger and Tonto first appeared on the radio in the 1930s and TV in the 1950s, they were positive role models for children. Good was good, and bad was bad. In fact, Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder point out that the series producers “even wrote up a creed of what principles their characters stand for”:

• “I believe...

• “That to have a friend, a man must be one.

• “That all men are created equal, and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

• “That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

• “In being prepared physically, mentally and morally to fight when necessary for what is right.

• “That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

• “That 'this government of the people, by the people and for the people' shall live always.

• “That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

• “That sooner or later. . . somewhere. . . somehow. . . we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

• “That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

• “In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”

Theologically, I prefer the Nicene Creed, and politically, the Declaration. But, nonetheless, this extolling of good virtues over bad ones typifies fare from the “the Golden Age of Hollywood.” That was a time before the 1960s, when the church abandoned their Hollywood offices, and morals became relative. Good often became evil and vice versa.

Baehr and Snyder add: “If Disney is still wondering why THE LONE RANGER tanked at the box office, it’s because they alienated not just a young audience that would enjoy such a character, but a young audience that could be inspired.” They also write: “Hollywood forgot that there's a large portion of America that attends church weekly and salutes the American flag.”

I would hope that Hollywood would take note at this recent box office failure and not draw the wrong conclusion. Some of the leftists that control so much of the movie-industry want to continue to impose their liberal view of the world on all their products. But as legendary movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn once advised, "If you've got a message, send a telegram."


Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.