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Writers (WGA):
Elliott Arnold (novel)
Albert Maltz (screenplay) (front Michael Blankfort)
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Release Date:
August 1950 (USA) See more »
Of this motion picture the screen can be proud... Today... Tomorrow... A generation from now...
Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A thoughtful classic unlike others of its era See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Tom Jeffords

Jeff Chandler ... Cochise

Debra Paget ... Sonseeahray

Basil Ruysdael ... Gen. Oliver Howard

Will Geer ... Ben Slade

Joyce Mackenzie ... Terry (as Joyce MacKenzie)

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Milt Duffield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Adler ... Lonergan - Stage Driver (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)

Chris Willow Bird ... Nochalo (uncredited)
Raymond Bramley ... Col. Bernall (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Miner (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Nalikadeya - Cochise's Wife (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Miner (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Teese (uncredited)

J.W. Cody ... Pionsenay - Chosen Warrior (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dolores Christine Cypert ... American Indian / Redbird (uncredited)
Aubrey Lee Dale ... Indian (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
Robert Foster Dover ... Machogee (uncredited)

Nacho Galindo ... Barber (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... John Lowrie (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Mickey Kuhn ... Bob Slade (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Boucher (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Mail Rider (uncredited)
John Marston ... Maury (uncredited)

Frank McGrath ... Barfly (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edwin Rand ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Geronimo (uncredited)

Charles Soldani ... Skinyea - Chosen Warrior (uncredited)
Richard Van Opel ... Bernall's Adjutant (uncredited)
John War Eagle ... Nahilzay (uncredited)

Billy Wilkerson ... Juan (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Man Saying '...or a Blasted Liar' (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Writing credits
Elliott Arnold (novel "Blood Brother")

Albert Maltz (screenplay) (front Michael Blankfort)

Michael Blankfort (front for Albert Maltz)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr. 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Fred J. Rode (set decorations)
Costume Design by
René Hubert (costumes designed by) (as Rene Hubert)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Stephanie Garland .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasper Blystone .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Curt Fetters .... camera operator (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestration (as Edward Powell)
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
Harry Brand .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Jenifer Chatfield .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Al Leman .... archery expert (uncredited)
Richard von Opel .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 (f) | Norway:A (1957) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) (2005) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13926)

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The film was considered groundbreaking at the time because it was one of the first sound films to portray Native American Indians in a humane light. Years later, the film was criticized because white actors played Indians, but the role of Geronimo in fact was played by Native Canadian Mohawk actor Jay Silverheels.See more »
Continuity: When General Oliver is beginning to pick himself off the ground after the Apache attack on the military wagon train, the first shot shows the ground to be mostly desert sand, with very little vegetation, but when the scene jumps to a long shot of the General getting up, the ground around him is almost entirely covered with green vegetation, showing scarcely any sand at all.See more »
[first lines]
[opening narration]
Tom Jeffords:This is the story of a land, of the people who lived on it in the year 1870, and of a man whose name was Cochise. He was an Indian - leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. I was involved in the story and what I have to tell happened exactly as you'll see it - the only change will be that when the Apaches speak, they will speak in our language. What took place is part of the history of Arizona and it began for me here where you see me riding.
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful classic unlike others of its era, 25 June 1999
Author: Lucky-63 from Seattle

Tagline: Of this motion picture the screen can be proud... Today... Tomorrow... A generation from now...

Worth repeating this tagline, because after seeing the film again for the first time in 42 years, it's right on. 50s westerns almost universally depicted Indians as pigeon-English speaking savages... or tried to talk Indian that translated to pigeon-Indian.

While the leading cast is all-Anglo, the perspective is that both sides in the Wild West were had more than a few intelligent, caring individuals among them. A willingness to sacrifice much (including renegades) to achieve a lasting peace is the message.

Jimmy Stewart had something to lose by doing a picture like this, but the acting here stands with any in his career. The portrayal of Cochise by Jeff Chandler is powerful, although unquestionably a little bit too noble-savagish.

"Let's mosey on over there" is a line spoken by Stewart toward the end of the film. Takes you back to a time when people took time to mosey.

A good-hearted picture by a little-known director standing up against the prevailing stereotypes. Wouldn't be surprised if Costner watched it more than once before making "Dances with Wolves".

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