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Arizona (1940)





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This epic western is set in Old Tucson and tells the story of its first woman resident, feisty Phoebe Titus. She takes great pride in her toughness until handsome drifter Peter Muncie rides into town. Falling for the wanderer, she exchanges her Tom-boy garb for more feminine accoutrement.

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Jean Arthur
as Phoebe Titus
William Holden
as Peter Muncie
Warren William
as Jefferson Carteret
Porter Hall
as Lazarus Ward
Paul Harvey
as Solomon Warner
Byron Foulger
as Pete Kitchen
Regis Toomey
as Grant Oury
Paul Lopez
as Estevan Ochoa
Colin Tapley
as Bert Massey
Uvaldo Varela
as Hilario Gallego
Edgar Buchanan
as Judge Bogardus
Earl Crawford
as Joe Briggs
Griff Barnett
as Sam Hughes
Syd Saylor
as Timmins
Wade Crosby
as Longstreet
Addison Richards
as Captain Hunter
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Critic Reviews for Arizona

All Critics (3)

It is a fascinating historical document of exceptional value for its authenticity and for its human potential. [Full review in Spanish]

September 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Star power (Jean Arthur and the young William Holden) elevate this routine Western, directed by Wesley Ruggles, better known for helming Cimarron.

July 31, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's not as gritty as John Wayne or as romantic as Louis L'Amour, but the flick's a solid enough black & white throwback to keep the Western fans suitably entertained.

December 19, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arizona


Ordinary oater with a quality cast. Jean Arthur seems uncomfortable in her role, she tries too hard to be at home in the western setting and therefore sticks out like a sore thumb. William Holden, still 10 years away from his megastardom, is more at home on the range and while callow makes a believable cowpoke. The rest of the cast is full of reliable supporting players and the script isn't bad although it blows the climax by having it happen off screen. For fans of the stars or westerns it's worth catching but nothing special.

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