Cecil L. DeLille, cinema historian, and a past president of The Screen Guild, has been doing a great deal of research on the Lone Ranger. He indicated that over the last few years he had viewed all known footage of the Masked Bandit, and with the use of the SloMo K-35, had analyzed extensively various individual scenes that to him, revealed a heretofore unknown scenario that was quietly implanted into some films.
Radio station owner George W. Trendle of WXYZ, or George W. Trendle, writer of the show, were the originators of the masked man phenomena. Neither of them were aware that Sparks Hempleman, engineer at the station, had some ideas of his own in regards to the show.
DeLille uncovered some intentional attempts, carefully hidden, that masked the fact that the character Tonto was actually gay.
In "Lawman's Revenge," scene 34, slow motion reveals that Tonto actually "swished" his right leg when he dismounted from his horse, "White Feller," which was eventually changed to "Scout," after complaints were registered by a white supremacist group from San Berenadino.
Tonto insisted also that The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes, and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes, with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor. Some were also "gay bars" camouflaged as western diners and beauty salons.
Because Tonto means "stupid" or "dumb" in Spanish, the character was renamed "Toro" or "Ponto" in Spanish-speaking countries. In fact, "Tonto" was named by James Jewell, who also came up with the term "kemo sabe" which translated in the Apache dialect means "Gay Friend."
DeLille realized the truth when he ultimately translated "paleface" from Apache into English. Also the reason they always left after a job well done, silently, quickly, and the two of them, rode off, into the sunset.