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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.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Taza
Barbara Rush ... Oona
Gregg Palmer ... Capt. Burnett
Rex Reason ... Naiche (as Bart Roberts)
Morris Ankrum ... Grey Eagle
Eugene Iglesias ... Chato (as Gene Iglesias)
Richard H. Cutting ... Cy Hegan (as Richard Cutting)
Ian MacDonald ... Geronimo
Robert Burton ... Gen. George Crook
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Hamma
Lance Fuller ... Lt. Willis
Bradford Jackson Bradford Jackson ... Lt. Richards (as Brad Jackson)
James Van Horn James Van Horn ... Skinya
Charles Horvath ... Kocha
Bob Hoy ... Lobo (as Robert Hoy)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Cochise See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Filmed in 3D, released in 2D. 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 »

Quotes

Taza: I will do what must be done.
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Follows Broken Arrow (1950) See more »

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The reactionary side of Douglas Sirk
10 August 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong.I've always been a big fan of Deltlef Sierck (Douglas Sirk in America)and most of his melodramas are among my all time favorites : "A time to live and a time to die ","All that Heaven allows" "Magnificent obsession" " Tarnished angels" "Written on the wind" plus those with Zarah Leander in Germany not to forget his final effort ,the remake of "imitation of life".

THis remake was drastically different from Stahl's version:the black servant Delilah became Annie and the only thing she could expect in life was a beautiful funeral.In Stahl's version (and in Fannie Hurst's novel) she was a businesswoman's associate ,in Sirk's screenplay she stayed the good servant -not very far away from GWTW's Mamma-who knew her place.

Still with me?I do think that,in spite of Sirk's storyteller qualities and good scenes (the discovery of the bruises on Barbara Rush's back),"Taza" is also a reactionary work .Taza (who in real life died of pneumonia two years after his dad)predates Annie in "Imitation" :he is the good Indian,who knows his place ,who (this is amazing) dresses like them ,who rebels against his people's customs and even fights them;on the other hand ,Geronimo (and his allies) plays the role of the villain : "we were hunters, warriors,we won't be breeders ".After all ,the white men are taking their land and sending them to reservations:his rebellion makes sense.

Rock Hudson,who was Sirk's favorite actor (his best parts were certainly "All that Heaven allows" and "Magnificent Obsession" -another remake of a Stahl's work-) ,is not well cast as an Indian.And what about Barbara Rush as a squaw?Debra Paget was acceptable ("Broken Arrow"),she is not.


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