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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved | | 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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Judge (as Robert H. Barrat)
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Mrs. Carrie Lansing
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Mr. Richardson
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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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[repeated line]
James Addison 'The Baron' Reavis, aka Brother Anthony: I've known many women, but with you, I'm afraid.
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"I've known many women but with you, I'm afraid."
2 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price plays real-life swindler and forger James Reavis, who cooks up a scheme to steal the territory of Arizona. The true story of this man is pretty interesting. Obviously, as is always the case with movies based on real events, some facts have been altered for dramatic purposes. It's not a bad little movie. There are some dull stretches but Vincent Price's performance is good enough to keep your interest throughout. He is really the whole show. The support is fine but nobody's quite on the level of Price. Ellen Drew is pretty but miscast. Nice direction from Sam Fuller. Certainly worth a look, especially for Price and Fuller fans, but it doesn't have much repeat value for me.


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