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Taza, Son of Cochise

Taza, Son of Cochise(1954)

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The working title of this film was Son of Cochise. Onscreen credits acknowledge the contribution of the National Park Service of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, which cooperated with filming at Arches National Monument Park, near Moab, UT. Exteriors were also filmd in California, according to contemporary sources. The picture was available to exhibitors in 3-D, 2-D, and Moropticon 3-D, single-strip. Jeff Chandler, who plays Cochise in the film, also played him in Twentieth Century-Fox's 1950 film Broken Arrow and Universal's 1952 picture Battle at Apache Pass ( entries).
       Although there is no evidence that Cochise had a son named Taza, in 1882, his son Nachise joined Geronimo, Chato, and other Apache leaders in repeatedly breaking out of reservations, conducting raids, and eluding generals George Crook and Nelson Miles. In 1886 Geronimo and his followers surrendered for the last time. Hollywood Reporter news items add Abel Fernandez, David Sharpe and Russ Conklin to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.