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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  4 March 1950 (USA)
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Master swindler James Reavis painstakingly spends years forging documents and land grants that will make his wife and him undisputed owners of the entire state of Arizona.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sofia de Peralta-Reavis
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Pepito Alvarez
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Loma Morales
Reed Hadley ...
John Griff
Robert Barrat ...
Judge Adams (as Robert H. Barrat)
Robin Short ...
Tom Lansing
Tina Pine ...
Rita (as Tina Rome)
Karen Kester ...
Sofia as a Child
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Marquesa de Santella
Jonathan Hale ...
Governor
Edward Keane ...
Surveyor General Miller
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Carrie Lansing
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Mr. Richardson
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
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The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the girl and presses his claim to the entire Arizona territory. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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FASCINATING TRUE STORY...of the most daring rogue the world has ever known! See more »


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4 March 1950 (USA)  »

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A May 24, 1939 Dorothy Manners column announced that Edward G. Robinson would be playing James Addison Reavis in the Warner Bros film "Prince of Imposters" with Brenda Marshall co-starring and Anatole Litvak directing. The story would not be told until this 1950 version. See more »

Quotes

Brother Gregory: [Indicating a very old book] The Mazarin Bible, the first work of Gutenberg printed in 1450.
James Addison 'The Baron' Reavis, aka Brother Anthony: I thought it was in two volumes.
Brother Gregory: You're right, Brother Anthony. Christopher Columbus' son borrowed the second volume and, uh, never returned it.
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Referenced in Johnny Guitar (1954) See more »

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surprisingly wonderful film
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only use the word surprising because I happened upon this movie very late one night a long time ago. I remember looking in the T.V. guide and seeing that I had a choice between this movie and nothing else. I mean what kind of title is this ? i remember thinking , and starring Vincent Price of all people, who at the time I could only recall from the somewhat silly "The Fly". Well I figured what the hell. So I settled in and expected to be bored and disgusted for as long as I could stand. Then the surprise happened. I was thoroughly captivated by this unique and well made story which to my other great surprise also happened to be true, the attempted theft of the entire state of Arizona by a schemer apparently without equal. Vincent Price's performance completed the trifecta by amazing me with his skill as a legitimate actor. I would very much like to see this movie again but am not hopeful at the present. Like so many others it seems to have vanished. What is interesting about this fact is that when T.V. was free, there was more to choose from, unlike today where we pay to see the same things over and over.


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