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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 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.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writer:

Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... James Addison Reavis 'The Baron'
Ellen Drew ... Sofia de Peralta-Reavis 'The Baroness'
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Pepito
Beulah Bondi ... Loma
Reed Hadley ... Griff
Robert Barrat ... Judge (as Robert H. Barrat)
Robin Short Robin Short ... Lansing
Tina Pine Tina Pine ... Rita (as Tina Rome)
Karen Kester Karen Kester ... Sofia as a Child
Margia Dean ... Marquesa
Jonathan Hale ... Governor
Edward Keane ... Surveyor General Miller
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Carrie Lansing
I. Stanford Jolley ... Mr. Richardson
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Demmings
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Storyline

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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The lustiest adventure a man ever lived! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Baron von Arizona See more »

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Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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Deputy Corporation See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 Johnny Guitar (1954) See more »

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Baron story deserves better.
8 May 2014 | by st-shotSee 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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