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Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 18 February 1954 (USA)
When peacemaking Apache chief Cochise dies, the Chiricahua Apaches are torn between following Cochise's peace loving son Taza and following the warlike renegade Apache warrior Geronimo.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Taza
Barbara Rush ... Oona
Gregg Palmer ... Capt. Burnett
Rex Reason ... Naiche (as Bart Roberts)
Morris Ankrum ... Grey Eagle
Eugene Iglesias ... Chato (as Gene Iglesias)
Richard H. Cutting ... Cy Hegan (as Richard Cutting)
Ian MacDonald ... Geronimo
Robert Burton ... Gen. George Crook
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Hamma
Lance Fuller ... Lt. Willis
Bradford Jackson Bradford Jackson ... Lt. Richards (as Brad Jackson)
James Van Horn James Van Horn ... Skinya
Charles Horvath ... Kocha
Bob Hoy ... Lobo (as Robert Hoy)
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Storyline

Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker's fuse... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Cochise See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Chandler played Cochise in this film and also in Broken Arrow (1950) and The Battle at Apache Pass (1952). See more »

Goofs

During the battle between the Apaches and the Cavalry, when Captain Burnett (Gregg Palmer) shoots an Apache at the top of a cliff, the Indian clutches his chest, but when his hands fall away there's no hint of a bullet wound or blood. The same thing occurs when Burnett shoots Grey eagle shortly after. See more »

Quotes

Taza: I will do what must be done.
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Followed by Broken Arrow (1956) See more »

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Western fans and Sirk fans can skip this one
16 June 2003 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

One might have expected a lot more from Douglas Sirk in this, his single Western. Beautifully shot by Russell Metty who worked extensively with Sirk, it's a very routine Western of no great interest.

Before Sirk hit his stride with the great melodramas he tried his hand at light romantic comedy and costume drama with pleasing if not spectacular results. He brought little if anything at all to the Western.

Perhaps more than anything it's an important rung in the ladder of elevating Rock Hudson towards stardom which would come with Sirk's next film "Magnificent Obsession".

Hudson is adequate in the role, but that's hardly difficult amongst some truly wooden performances. All in all something of a low point in the amazing 50's career of Douglas Sirk.


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