The Baron of Arizona

Synopsis: The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the girl and presses his claim to the entire Arizona territory.
Director(s): Samuel Fuller
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

was the basis of his claim

to establish an empire.

He knew it would not be

difficult to convince her...

that she had noble blood.

I suppose it stunned

this, uh, Pepito Alvarez.

Yes. But he was happy for the child.

Reavis took them from their adobe

shack to his home in Santa Fe...

where he lost no time in

molding her into a baroness.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

You are Miss Loma Morales, unmarried...

a teacher from Las Vegas College.

Eh, Pepito, this is Miss Loma Morales.

- Mr. Alvarez.

- Loma?

What kind of name is that?

Loma means a hill.

I was born in Yucca Loma.

Were the terms in my letter satisfactory?

This is the child, Sofia de Peralta.

She is a baroness.

Do you wish the position as her governess?

The child showed promise.

Loma taught her how to walk...

sit, curtsy...

eat and listen.

And while Sofia learned how to write...

Reavis was writing in his own fashion-

writing on a stone the

foundation of a false claim...

that would stun a nation.

You all remember that

inscription on the rock.

"I have marked this stone

the heart of my grant...

"awarded to me by Ferdinand

VI, King of Spain...

"on December 20, 1748.

"I, Miguel de Peralta, Baron of Arizona...

take possession on this

day, August 12, 1750. "

Read to me again. Again?

Read to me?

- Where did you get this book, Sofia?

- In your room.

You must never take what is not yours.

Yes, sir.

Sit down here beside me.

Once upon a time...

there was a little princess...

who had royal blood in her veins.

But no one knew it except a prince...

who spent many years in many lands...

looking for her.

It is very pretty.



Happy birthday, Baroness.

The Colorado will be your private Riviera.

Every day will be a holiday.

New Year's in the Painted Desert.

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Samuel Fuller

Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist, and film director known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s. Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson. more…

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