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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.

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Oona
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Capt. Burnett
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Naiche (as Bart Roberts)
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Grey Eagle
Eugene Iglesias ...
Chato (as Gene Iglesias)
Richard H. Cutting ...
Cy Hegan (as Richard Cutting)
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Sgt. Hamma
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Lt. Willis
Bradford Jackson ...
Lt. Richards (as Brad Jackson)
James Van Horn ...
Skinya
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Kocha
Robert F. Hoy ...
Lobo (as Robert Hoy)
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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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Although famed Apache war chief Cochise did indeed have a son named Taza, this biopic is a highly fictionalized account of his life. For example, Taza had a son named Nino Cochise (born Ciyo Cochise, who later in his life became an actor and had parts in several early westerns). This film doesn't even mention him. 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 »

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Taza: It takes an Apache to watch an Apache.
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Follows Broken Arrow (1950) See more »

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The Apache Torch Is Passed
13 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Jeff Chandler doing an obligatory appearance in his most famous role as Cochise the torch is passed to a new generation of Apache leaders in the persons of his sons Rock Hudson and Rex Reason. But in the title role in Taza, Son Of Cochise, Hudson seriously takes his dying father's admonition to stay on the path of peace while Reason wants to join up with Geronimo.

This rivalry spills over into their personal lives as Hudson and Barbara Rush are in love, but her war like father Morris Ankrum much prefers Reason as a new son-in-law. And when the guys come courting and have to come up with presents for the father-in-law for Rush's hand Ankrum prefers the stolen white man's wampum to the humdrum Apache style gifts that are the normal course in these things.

Taza, Son Of Cochise was shot in 3-D which I'm sure must have really been exciting and effective during the battle scenes especially the climax battle. I'd have liked to have seen it in a theater rather than on YouTube. Hudson does well in the starring role.

Western fans should be pleased though this is far from historically accurate.


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