The Baron of Arizona (1950)

The Baron of Arizona


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Samuel Fuller wrote and directed this lively drama based on the real-life adventures of James Addison Reavis, one of the most ambitious swindlers of the 19th Century. In 1871, Reavis (played by Vincent Price) began hatching an elaborate scheme to claim the Arizona territory (then three decades away from statehood) as his own. At the time, land grants established during Spanish rule of Arizona were still valid, and one rainy evening Reavis visited Pepito Peralta (Vladimir Sokoloff) and his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Samuel Fuller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2007
Criterion Collection



as James Addison Reavis

as Sofia de Peralta-Rea...

as Loma Morales

as Pepito Alvarez

as Griff

as Judge Adams

as Lansing

as Carry Lansing

as Marquesa

as Surveyor Miller

as Father Guardian

as Sofia as a child

as Gunther

as McCleary

as Secretary of Interio...

as Morelle

as Brother Gregory

as Surveyor's Assistant

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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