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George Morgan (adaptation)
Jack Townley (story)
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6 March 1931 (USA) See more »
A vivid tempestuous drama of the colorful days of '49! (Studio publicity sheet). See more »
Goss, Mason, and Kelly force Joaquin Murieta to watch as they hang his brother Juan for a crime he did not commit. To exact his revenge on the three, Joaquin becomes the notorious Black Shadow. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Buck Jones ... Joaquin Murietta aka The Black Shadow

Dorothy Revier ... Helen Lake

Otto Hoffman ... Black Kelly

Sidney Bracey ... Windy

Edward Hearn ... Captain Paul Lake
Walter Percival ... Al Goss

Edward Peil Sr. ... Ike Mason
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ethan Allen ... Jailer (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Murietta Vaquero (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Murietta Vaquero (uncredited)

Ben Corbett ... Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Henchman (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Juan Murietta (uncredited)

Billy Franey ... Bartender (uncredited)
Silver ... Murietta's Horse (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Bank Guard (uncredited)

Blackjack Ward ... Henchman (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Slim (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill  (as Roy Neill)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Morgan  adaptation and dialogue
Jack Townley  story

Produced by
Sol Lesser .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles J. Stumar  (as Charles Stumar)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mack V. Wright .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Russell Malmgren .... sound engineer (uncredited)

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits.See more »
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Remade as Vengeance of the West (1942)See more »


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Buck Jones' Mexican Accent, 3 May 2015
Author: boblipton from New York City

Buck Jones plays Joaquin Murietta, the Robin Hood of California. It depends on whose side you come down on whether the real Murietta was a gangster or a patriot to oppressed Mexicans against the evil Anglos. The records indicate he killed more Chinese than Caucasians, so your mileage may vary.

This one comes down squarely on Murietta's side when his brother (played in a very early role by Paul Fix) is lynched and Jones seeks revenge as "The Black Shadow." Although the story and Jones' accent never rise above adequate, there are some pleasures in this Columbia B. Director Roy William Neill is best remembered for directing Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in several of the pair's later screen Sherlock Holmes movies. Neill had started in the silents and spent most of the 1930s at Columbia, making visually striking films on small budgets. His strong grounding in telling stories visually in evident throughout, particularly about 20 minutes in, where he rescues Miss Revier from a horse stampede.

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