The Avenger is a 1931 American pre-Code Western film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Buck Jones and Dorothy Revier. The film is loosely based on the exploits of legendary Mexican bandit Joaquin Murrieta, who, in the mid-19th century, went to California and, according to the legend, swore vengeance against Americans and began of a series of robberies in the mining country after being discriminated against by white men.


In 1849, Joaquin Murietta (Buck Jones) is determined to track down the three men, Black Kelly (Otto Hoffman), Ike Mason (Edward Peil Sr.) and Al Goss (Walter Percival), who lynched his brother. As "The Black Shadow," he robs the rich, gives to the poor, and romances the new school teacher Helen Lake (Dorothy Revier).