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The Baron of Arizona (1950)

The Baron of Arizona




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Vincent Price always claimed that his favorite film role was as James Addison Reavis, the anti-hero of The Baron of Arizona. Reavis was a real-life character, a shady sharpster who during the early 19th century forged land grants to make it seem as though the Arizona territory was owned by the high-born Peralta family of Spain. He married one of the surviving Peraltas (here played by Ellen Drew), then claimed all of Arizona for himself, assuming the mantle of benevolent despot. Reavis' ever-increasing megalomania leads inexorably to a "hoist on his own petard" climax. Produced by parsimonious Lippert studios, Baron of Arizona successfully makes a tiny budget go a long way (the studio even managed to secure the services of the highly sought-after cinematographer James Wong Howe). Vincent Price rises to the occasion with one of his finest (and, significantly, least hammy) performances.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Samuel Fuller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2007
Criterion Collection


Vincent Price
as James Addison Reavis
Ellen Drew
as Sofia de Peralta-Rea...
Beulah Bondi
as Loma Morales
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Pepito Alvarez
Robert H. Barrat
as Judge Adams
Robin Short
as Lansing
Barbara Woodell
as Carry Lansing
Margia Dean
as Marquesa
Edward Keane
as Surveyor Miller
Gene Roth
as Father Guardian
Karen Kester
as Sofia as a child
Joseph Green
as Gunther
I. Stanford Jolley
as Secretary of Interio...
Terry Frost
as Morelle
Wheaton Chambers
as Brother Gregory
Stephen S. Harrison
as Surveyor's Assistant
Margo Woode
as Carry Lansing
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Critic Reviews for The Baron of Arizona

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Not one of Fuller's best films, though the subject is fascinatingly offbeat, the cinematography is by James Wong Howe, and no personal Fuller project is devoid of interest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A Balzacian comedy recalled by a man who, like Fuller, can't help admiring a rogue who can wield ingenuity in a wolfish world

Full Review… | May 15, 2011

This is a powerful and colorful film, the second to be directed by the gifted Fuller, which shows a large slice of pioneer life in early America.

Full Review… | January 12, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The craziest true story I've never heard of that turned out to be pretty damn true. Even with Fuller shouting his own melodramatic version of the truth at the top of his lungs

Full Review… | August 29, 2009

Starring Vincent Price, Sam Fuller's second feature is a bizarre noirish Western, marred by preposterous plotting, but extremely well shot by ace lesner James Wong Howe.

Full Review… | July 5, 2009

The Baron of Arizona (1950) is all thumbs, as much a forgery as the one perpetrated by its protagonist James Addison Reavis (Vincent Price).

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Baron of Arizona

Interesting because it's based on a true story. Sam Fuller delivers one his calmest pictures.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

It's a pretty far fetched story, but it is said to be based on a real story, which is really incredible. This movie is dramatic, romantic, exciting, and humorous. I loved Price in this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

somewhat exaggerated account of the notorious conman who used forged spanish land grants and even an orphaned girl to try to gain control of a large part of arizona territory. pretty interesting tale of the wild and woolly days of the old west

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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