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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 4 March 1950 (USA)
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:
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Judge (as Robert H. Barrat)
Robin Short ...
Tina Pine ...
Rita (as Tina Rome)
Karen Kester ...
Sofia as a Child
Edward Keane ...
Surveyor General Miller
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Carrie Lansing
Mr. Richardson


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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WOMEN fought for his kisses! MEN clamored for his life! See more »


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Release Date:

4 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Der Baron von Arizona  »

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$135,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Addison Reavis (1843-1914) was a real person who, as depicted in the movie, was found guilty of attempting to steal most of Arizona by forging land grant documents. He paid a fine of $5,000 and served two years in jail. See more »


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 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Baron story deserves better.
8 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In one of the boldest land grabs in US history Confederate vet Samuel Reavis through energetic and ambitious duplicity managed to claim and convince the government and the land's occupants that Arizona Territory belonged to him through his wife by way of recognized Spanish decree who supposedly deeded the rights to her family. In the Baron of Arizona Sam Fuller does an effective job of briskly and clearly detailing the convoluted and exhausting efforts of Reavis but his threadbare production values and awkward handling of tension inducing moments fails to do the audacious act itself justice and the film fails to ignite.

After his quirky directorial debut in I Shot Jesse James Fuller follows up with another offbeat Western legend in Reavis and while Vincent Price has the sinister chops and countenance to smugly bamboozle those that need to be he fails abjectly when called on to wield weapon or punch it out with the locals. In a sloppily edited climax, Price with a rope does save his best for last but the film's solid story begs ( and deserves) a bigger budget with more of a two fisted huckster (Douglas or Lancaster) in the lead displaying more energy and guile, less contempt and condescension.

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