The Baron of Arizona
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The Baron of Arizona
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 daughter Sofia (Karen Kester) with some exciting news. While working as a real estate clerk, Reavis found… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"Tells a fabulous story loosely based on true events that are inefficiently worked out thereby making it seem unlikely."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Balzacian comedy recalled by a man who, like Fuller, can't help admiring a rogue who can wield ingenuity in a wolfish world"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Baron of Arizona (1950) is all thumbs, as much a forgery as the one perpetrated by its protagonist James Addison Reavis (Vincent Price)."
‑ Keith Uhlich, House Next Door
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