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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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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 ...
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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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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 »

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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 The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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What a crafty, sneaky rascal
7 February 2000 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This man went to so much trouble to own his own personal territory that you almost rooted for him. He even spent 3 years learning calligraphy so he could forge the necessary land grant documents. Too bad the U.S. government go suspicious and made his little plan harder to pull off. An unusual western and a different role than we are used to seeing Price in.


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