The Baron of Arizona Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

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 documents which granted ownership of nearly the whole of the Arizona territory to one Miguel Peralta, who was named Baron of the new land by Spain’s rulers, and as his heir Sofia will become Baroness when she reaches adulthood, giving her claim to the territory. After giving Pepito and Sofia money and hiring a governess (Beulah Bondi) to educate the girl in a manner befitting the Barony, Reavis sailed for Spain on business; unknown to the Peraltas, Reavis posed first as a monk and then as a gypsy in order to revise old land grant documents to conform with his story. Several years later, Reavis returned to Pepito and Sofia’s home, and asked the young woman (now played by Ellen Drew) to marry him. Once wed, Reavis presented his carefully forged paperwork to the Arizona authorities which gave him and his bride royal claim to the land; however, not everyone believed Reavis’s elaborate tale, and John Griff (Reed Hadley), an expert in falsified documents, was brought in to examine the evidence. The Baron of Arizona gave Vincent Price a rare leading role in a non-horror vehicle, and he cited it as one of his favorite performances on film.

Release date: Mar 4, 1950
Production Company: Criterion Collection
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Genre: Classics,Drama,Western

The Baron of Arizona Caste and Crew
Director: Samuel Fuller
writer: Samuel Fuller
Vincent Price,Ellen Drew,Beulah Bondi,Vladimir Sokoloff,Reed Hadley,Robert H. Barrat,Robin Short,Barbara Woodell,Tina Rome,Tina Pine,Margia Dean,Edward Keane,Gene Roth,Karen Kester,Joseph Green,Fred Kohler Jr.,Tristram Coffin,Angelo Rossitto,I. Stanford Jolley,Terry Frost,Zachary Yaconelli,Adolfo Ornelas,Wheaton Chambers,Robert Vincent O’Neil,Stephen S. Harrison,Margo Woode