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Release Date:
September 1953 (USA) See more »
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A cavalry officer tries to keep a lid on a volatile situation when Indian leader Cochise is being prodded into starting a war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A routine western with a few good moments See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hodiak ... Cochise

Robert Stack ... Maj. Tom Burke

Joy Page ... Consuelo de Cordova

Rico Alaniz ... Felipe

Fortunio Bonanova ... Mexican Minister
Edward Colmans ... Don Francisco de Cordova
Alex Montoya ... Jose Garcia
Steven Ritch ... Tukiwah

Carol Thurston ... Terua

Rodd Redwing ... Red Knife
Robert Griffin ... Sam Maddock (as Robert E. Griffin)
Poppy del Vando ... Señora de Cordova
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)

Bill Coontz ... Trooper (uncredited)

John Crawford ... Capt. Bill Lawson (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Apache Brave (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Gen. Gadsden (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Barfly (uncredited)
Tyler MacDuff ... White Water (uncredited)

Cactus Mack ... Apache Brave (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Barfly (uncredited)

Charles Stevens ... Apache Brave (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Apache Brave (uncredited)
Joseph Waring ... Running Cougar (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
Writing credits
Arthur Lewis  screenplay &
DeVallon Scott  screenplay and
DeVallon Scott  story

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Herbert B. Leonard .... associate producer (as Herbert Leonard)
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound engineer (as Josh Westmoreland)
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Irving Gertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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70 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1955) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate no. 16328)

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The film takes place in 1853.See more »
Factual errors: The film states that there were 40,000 Apache warriors at war in Arizona, when in fact there were never anywhere near 40,000 Apaches in the entire state and never more than several hundred fighting the white settlers and the US Army at any one time.See more »
Major Tom Burke:There are no florists in Tucson.See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A routine western with a few good moments, 16 April 1999
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

I saw this movie when it was new, back in 1953, and the only thing I remembered about it was the final reel in which Cochise (John Hodiak) is sentenced to suffer three tortures: (1) scalded by hot steam, (2) sliced with knife blades, and (3) burned by fire. Many years later I saw the movie again and, what do you know?, the only thing worth remembering about it is that final reel. Robert Stack makes a serviceable, though undistinguished, hero, and the color photography has that "brightness" so common in early 1950's movies.

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