The Baron of Arizona (1950)

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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:
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Robert Barrat ...
Judge (as Robert H. Barrat)
Robin Short ...
Tina Pine ...
Rita (as Tina Rome)
Karen Kester ...
Sofia as a Child
Jonathan Hale ...
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 <>

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4 March 1950 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A May 24, 1939, 'Dorothy Manners' (qv_ 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 »


Sofia 'The Baroness' de Peralta-Reavis: I am Mrs. James Reavis, and one of us must have the dignity to accept punishment. One of us must have the dignity to recognize love. I'll always love you. Nothing can change that.
James Addison 'The Baron' Reavis, aka Brother Anthony: You still want me?
Sofia 'The Baroness' de Peralta-Reavis: I'll want you until the day I die. It is not death - it is dying that alarms me. it is not your crime - it is your weakness that alarms me.
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Referenced in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »

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Unbelievable But True Story
2 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After His Debut Directorial Movie, I Shot Jesse James (1949) and Before one of His most Admired, The Steel Helmet (1951), Sam Fuller made this Awkward, Stuffy, but Enticing "Western" about a Real Life Story that is a Truth Stranger than Fiction.

A Forger/Con Artist/Swindler/Thief and all around Bad Dude decides to Spend a Lifetime Concocting a Scheme that will show that His Wife, by way of Land Grant is the Sole Owner of the State of Arizona. Bizarre, to say the Least, this was going to be a Monumental Effort to Pull Off with a Shooting Schedule of 15 Days and an Ultra-Low Budget.

But, on board is Writer/Director Sam Fuller, Leading Man Vincent Price (brilliantly cast), and Cinematographer James Wong Howe. The Finished Film is Extraordinary Considering, but the Impact of Viewing it can be Tedious and Demanding.

Not quite sure what it is, but the Movie is Heavy Going and those Looking to Find the Fuller Touch may be Disappointed, although there are Flourishes. It is a bit Long and those Usually Fond of this type of Historical Melodrama with a bit of an Edge might Enjoy it as a bit Quirky and at the Same Time, a Generally Rewarding Experience. This is one of those that is not going to be for Everyone. Its Appeal is Limited.

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