The Baron of Arizona (Fuller, 1950)

History becomes a hoax in Sam Fuller’s The Baron of Arizona, the story of James Reavis’ (Vincent Price) attempt to swindle the entire state of Arizona away from the United States government through falsified documents and grants. Overall the proceedings are incredibly dull, a ploy that adds up to little more than fluffy melodrama and bland direction. However, there’s an interesting underlining theme concerning corporate corruption/cowardice, seen best when a wealthy railroad man folds under Reavis’ ruse just to find the bottom line. The Baron of Arizona is a disappointing effort from Fuller, who at this point in his career seemed to be learning the ropes of a Hollywood journeyman. Luckily, he delved deep into his past horrors as an infantryman in his next film, the brilliant The Steel Helmet.

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