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25 September 1956 (USA) See more »
Indian Agent Tom Jeffords makes friends with Chief Cochise, becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Together they fight white schemers and renegade Indians.
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John Lupton ... Tom Jeffords (72 episodes, 1956-1958)

Michael Ansara ... Cochise (72 episodes, 1956-1958)

Series Directed by
Hollingsworth Morse (16 episodes, 1956-1958)
Richard L. Bare (13 episodes, 1956-1958)
Ralph Murphy (11 episodes, 1958)
William Beaudine (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Albert S. Rogell (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
John English (4 episodes, 1956)
Frank McDonald (4 episodes, 1957)
Charles F. Haas (2 episodes, 1958)
Joseph Kane (2 episodes, 1958)
Bernard L. Kowalski (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Writing credits
Elliott Arnold (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
John Dunkel (8 episodes, 1956-1958)
DeVallon Scott (7 episodes, 1957-1958)
Herbert Purdom (7 episodes, 1958)
Warren Wilson (6 episodes, 1956-1958)
Robert Leslie Bellem (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Clarke Reynolds (5 episodes, 1956-1957)
Wilton Schiller (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Wallace Bosco (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harry Kronman (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Jack Laird (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Sam Peckinpah (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Peter R. Brooke (3 episodes, 1957)
Arthur E. Orloff (3 episodes, 1957)
Orville H. Hampton (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
John McGreevey (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Rod Peterson (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Gerald Drayson Adams (2 episodes, 1957)
Jess Carneol (2 episodes, 1957)
Kay Lenard (2 episodes, 1957)

Series Produced by
Mel Epstein .... producer (46 episodes, 1956-1958)
Alan A. Armer .... producer (26 episodes, 1956-1958)

Irving Asher .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
Alec Compinsky (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger (55 episodes, 1957-1958)
Karl Struss (13 episodes, 1956-1957)
Frank Redman (3 episodes, 1957)
Series Film Editing by
Otto Meyer (17 episodes, 1956-1958)
Richard Cahoon (10 episodes, 1957-1958)
Homer Powell (10 episodes, 1957-1958)
Richard W. Farrell (10 episodes, 1957)
James Ballas (7 episodes, 1956-1957)
Robert Seiter (6 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
Lewis H. Creber (56 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ben Hayne (13 episodes, 1956-1957)
Albert Hogsett (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
Charles Vassar (52 episodes, 1957-1958)
Jack Stubbs (18 episodes, 1956-1957)
Series Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
Series Production Management
Irving Asher .... executive in charge of production / executive in charge of TV production (41 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Kessler .... assistant director (24 episodes, 1956-1957)
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1957-1958)
John C. Chulay .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Arthur Marks .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1956)
Robert G. Stone .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Department
Ed Jones .... properties (26 episodes, 1956-1957)
Max Goldman .... properties (18 episodes, 1957-1958)
Neil Wheeler .... properties (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ray Thompson .... properties (6 episodes, 1957)
Series Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound editor (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
James Mobley .... sound recordist / recording (28 episodes, 1956-1958)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound recordist (11 episodes, 1956)
Charles Peck .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1958)
Frank Webster .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
David Dockendorf .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Stunts
Fred Carson .... stunt double: Michael Ansara (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dick James .... wardrobe supervisor / costumes: men (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
Series Editorial Department
Art Seid .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (72 episodes, 1956-1958)
Series Music Department
Alec Compinsky .... music supervisor (71 episodes, 1956-1958)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: theme music (71 episodes, 1956-1958)
Series Other crew
Elliott Arnold .... story supervisor / story editor (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor (33 episodes, 1956-1957)

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30 min (73 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Because Michael Ansara did such a convincing portrayal of Cochise, and because of his somewhat Indian-sounding name, many viewers thought he actually was an Indian. In reality, he was born in Syria and his parents, while American citizens, were from Egypt.See more »
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Referenced in On Deadly Ground (1994)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Broken Arrow - lessons learned then and much later, 2 June 2008
Author: wgpursell-1 from Edison, United States

I don't remember much of the actual episodes; only the lessons taught me by the series. My mom (who claimed to be in some small part Blackfoot),had me watch the first few episodes and after that I watched them without her having to coax me. She had told me that the Indians,contrary to what we were lead to believe in school,had a strong sense of honor,Justice, Codes of Conduct and fair play,and took care of and had great respect for their elderly within the tribe. Years later,when I found myself in Ranger training with a full blood Apache, I found him to be a friend who, not only reinforced what mom had said, but was a wealth of information on their customs,rituals,and history. We'd been assigned on several missions together in Vietnam and I believe he'd adopted me as his little brother(then I was 5'8" and he was 6'4")Since I was the smaller I'd go in while he watched my back. It was a learning experience for the both of us as each found that what we had learned in our younger years truly had to be,as YODA would say "unlearn what you have learned". Much like what Broken Arrow taught me,what we all thought to be the case, was NOT the case at all. Perhaps we all could benefit from the lessons Broken Arrow has to teach!?

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