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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Elliott Arnold (novel)
Albert Maltz (screenplay) (front Michael Blankfort)
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Release Date:
August 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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Plot:
Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(6 articles)
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Making Of The West: Mythmakers and truth-tellers
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"Apaches protecting Americans! I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime!" See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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)
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Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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 .... orchestrator (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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #13926)

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Trivia:
The film was considered groundbreaking at the time because it portrayed the Native American Indians in a humane light, something that had scarcely happened since silent days. However, years later the film was heavily criticized because the Indians were still played by white actors.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Apaches protecting Americans! I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime!", 15 August 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Excellent adaptation of Elliott Arnold's book "Blood Brother" concerning the talk, the need, and the struggle for peace between the white man and the Apache Indians in 1870 Arizona. James Stewart is very effective as a brave former Scout for the Union who used to kill Indians but who now wants the slaughters to stop; he learns their tongue, sends up a smoke signal, and is soon in conference with Cochise himself to allow the U.S. mail-riders safely through Apache terrain...he also finds love with Indian princess Debra Paget, a romance his racist white brothers obviously resent (and at least one Apache soldier as well). Strong, moving story relies on the complicated interpersonal relationships between the characters for its impact, and the performances from Stewart, Paget, and Oscar-nominated Jeff Chandler do not disappoint. Beautifully filmed on rugged locations, Delmer Daves directs a winner, one of the best westerns of its era. *** from ****

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