Greed, ambition and meticulously planned imposture serves the story of this great fiction directed by Samuel Fuller. The whole thing is just a bit dated. Vincent Price is excellent in the role of this self-proclamed baron. Among his most remarkable appearances on screen.
Comparing the Baron to Fuller's movie made a year before does it a lot of damage. Pretty similar plot, revolving around swindle and the eventual regret over it, is not nearly as elaborate, eventful or intriguingly filmed. It's a pretty straightforward story, with unnecessary sequences at times, and for the most time feels somewhat forced.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. The Baron of Arizona showcases another mesmerizing unsung Holy Shit performance from Vincent Price for which he'll never be known or recognized. Watching his scheming performance set up his plot to own one of the worst states in the country is fascinating, even if the 2nd half drags at points. Fuller's direction is gorgeous, especially during the lynching scene and finale. A true gem.