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Thirty years before Arizona achieves statehood, scam artist James Addison Reavis (Vincent Price) cooks up an elaborate scheme to claim the territory as his own. Reavis convinces Mexican immigrant Pepito (Vladimir Sokoloff) that his daughter is the heir to a barony of land granted by Spain, and then departs for years of patient efforts to create a false paper trail. He returns years later to claim the now-grown heir, Sofia (Ellen Drew), as his wife, but will his plan withstand scrutiny?

Cast & Crew

Vincent Price
James Addison Reavis
Ellen Drew
Sofia de Peralta-Reavis
Beulah Bondi
Loma Morales
Vladimir Sokoloff
Pepito Alvarez
Reed Hadley
John Griff
Robert Barrat
Judge Adams
Robin Short
Tom Lansing
Barbara Woodell
Mrs. Carrie Lansing
Margia Dean
Marquesa de Santella
Edward Keane
Surveyor General Miller
Gene Roth
Father Guardian
Joseph Green
Mr. Gunther
I. Stanford Jolley
Mr. Richardson
Samuel Fuller
Screenwriter
Paul Dunlap
Original Music
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Arthur Hilton
Film Editor
Yolanda Molinari
Casting
Jack Poplin
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Critic Reviews for The Baron of Arizona

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

    August 17, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A Balzacian comedy recalled by a man who, like Fuller, can't help admiring a rogue who can wield ingenuity in a wolfish world

    May 15, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 12, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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

    August 29, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 5, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Baron of Arizona

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • May 31, 2008
    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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Reavis
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2007
    Interesting because it's based on a true story. Sam Fuller delivers one his calmest pictures.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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