The Baron of Arizona (1950)
as James Addison Reavis
as Sofia de Peralta-Reavis
as Loma Morales
as Pepito Alvarez
as Brother Paul
as Father Guardian
as Surveyor Miller
as Secretary of Interior
as Carry Lansing
as Carry Lansing
as Judge Adams
as Sofia as a child
as Brother Gregory
as Surveyor's Assistant
Critic Reviews for The Baron of Arizona
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.
A Balzacian comedy recalled by a man who, like Fuller, can't help admiring a rogue who can wield ingenuity in a wolfish world
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.
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
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.
Audience Reviews for The Baron of Arizona
He's just a lot of fancy words... James Reavis is a former government official that was in charge of filing key paperwork and he spent his time researching laws and documentation. He trains himself to be a master forger and discovers a loop hole that provides certain descendants with all of the land of Arizona and southern Colorado. He plans and executes a plan that allows him to be sole owner of 1.5 American states. Can the government thwart Reavis' plan? "Only peasants cry." Samuel Fuller, director of The Naked Kiss, I Shot Jesse James, The Steel Helmet, Run of the Arrow, Forty Guns, Shock Corridor, and The Crimson Kimono, delivers Baron of Arizona. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and the fact it is based on a true story makes it even more fascinating. The acting was excellent and the cast includes Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Reed Hadley, Beulah Bondi, and Margia Dean. "He had more important things to do..." This was on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) not too long ago so I had to DVR it. Seeing Price in a western is always a treat and this was no different. I loved seeing a young and sly Price in a historical piece from this era. This is definitely worth a viewing and your time. "Why should we trust you?" Grade: B
Interesting because it's based on a true story. Sam Fuller delivers one his calmest pictures.
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.
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