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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved  |   |  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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Vladimir Sokoloff ...
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Loma
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Robert Barrat ...
Judge (as Robert H. Barrat)
Robin Short ...
Tina Pine ...
Rita (as Tina Rome)
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Sofia as a Child
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Jonathan Hale ...
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Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Carrie Lansing
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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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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 »

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John Griff: There's only one thing about this case I can't understand.
James Addison 'The Baron' Reavis, aka Brother Anthony: What's that?
John Griff: After devoting so many years to this scheme, what made you confess?
James Addison 'The Baron' Reavis, aka Brother Anthony: I fell in love with my wife.
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royalty out west
14 January 2010 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price plays James Addison Reavis, a government clerk in a land office in Arizona, who tries to swindle his way to owning the entire territory through forged documents and an elaborate plan which is enlivened by another superb Price performance. He sets up his plan by establishing a false identity for young Sofia (who becomes beautiful Ellen Drew) which makes her the Baroness de Peralta, essentially the heiress to the whole Arizona Territory. Reavis returns to the Arizona Territory and implements his plan first by marrying her and then by evicting all the landowners. However, the plan unravels when the U.S. government starts to get on to his forgery. The film tells an historically interesting story of Price trying to reestablish the Spanish Empire in the Wild West.


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