Taza, Son of Cochise


1h 19m 1954

Brief Synopsis

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...

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Taza, Son of Cochise - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
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Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Illustrations

Film Details

Also Known As
Son of Cochise
Release Date
Feb 1954
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Moab, Utah, USA; Arches National Park, Utah, United States; Moab, Utah, United States; California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1
Film Length
7,109ft

Synopsis

In 1872, Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise and Gen. Howard sign a treaty, which brings a long sought peace to Arizona. The Chiricahua live quietly on a mountain reservation for three years, and as Cochise's death approaches, he bestows the leadership of his people on his son Taza. Cochise bids both Taza and his younger son Naiche to maintain the peace and defend the Chiricahua, but soon after the old chief's death, Naiche tries to kill Taza and angrily threatens to follow Geronimo in making war on the whites. Naiche wants to wed the beautiful Oona, a match that would please her warlike father Grey Eagle, but she is deeply in love with Taza, which further heightens the tension between the two brothers. Taza places a guard on Naiche, but Grey Eagle's renegades set him free. Naiche and his followers massacre a family of settlers, but Taza catches them and has them tied to posts and hanged in the sun. This Apache punishment is not sufficient for a Cavalry unit from nearby San Carlos Reservation, however. Capt. Burnett reminds Taza that under the terms of the treaty, the Chiricahua must go the San Carlos Reservation if any one of them attacks a white man. He then moves the prisoners to Fort Apache. Furious, Taza and his Chiricahua capture the fort. Speaking with Gen. Crook, Taza agrees to settle on San Carlos, but only if his people are given tools and seed, as well as the right to police themselves. Burnett's support of this idea earns him Taza's loyalty, and soon the Chiricahua leave their "beloved mountains" to settle on the new reservation. Taza, wearing a Cavalry uniform, heads a group of Apache reservation police, and before long, Geronimo and some forty of his hungry and weary people also come to San Carlos. Geronimo and Grey Eagle, however, are determined to escape, and Grey Eagle tells Taza that he may only have Oona in exchange for guns and ammunition. Taza refuses this demand, and when he presents the old man with jewelry and other riches instead, Grey Eagle announces that Naiche has offered him a better gift--money with which to buy weapons and bullets. Unwilling to betray his father's memory and his people, Taza gives up his beloved Oona. Soon afterward, word comes that Geronimo has broken out of the reservation. Taza wants the Apache police to capture Geronimo, but Gen. Crook readies his own troops to subdue the rebel and confines Taza to the reservation. After rejecting the uniform for his own Apache apparel, Taza defies this order. Geronimo arms his followers and, with several other bands of Apaches, awaits the arrival of Gen. Crook and Capt. Burnett. Disregarding Burnett's warning, Crook leads the troops into a narrow and dangerous mountain pass, where they are attacked by Geronimo's combined forces. During the fierce battle that ensues, Grey Eagle is killed. Taza decides to aid the Cavalry, whereupon he and Geronimo fight. Taza ultimately forces Geronimo and the rest of the Apaches to surrender, and when Naiche refuses to throw down his weapons, it is Geronimo who shoots him. Taza extracts from Crook both an apology and a promise to send Geronimo to a faraway reservation. With his Apaches now able to live in peace, Taza embraces his future wife, Oona.

Photo Collections

Taza, Son of Cochise - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Scene Stills
Taza, Son of Cochise - Publicity Illustrations
Here in black-and-white are finished illustrations from Universal Pictures' Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), starring Rock Hudson. Originally prepared by the studio publicity department for movie posters, such art was often photographed for stills and made available for newspaper and magazine reproduction.
Taza, Son of Cochise - Movie Posters
Taza, Son of Cochise - Movie Posters
Taza, Son of Cochise - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Film Details

Also Known As
Son of Cochise
Release Date
Feb 1954
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Moab, Utah, USA; Arches National Park, Utah, United States; Moab, Utah, United States; California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 19m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1
Film Length
7,109ft

Quotes

Trivia

Filmed in 3D, released in 2D.

Notes

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.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 1954

Began shooting July 1953.

Completed shooting August 1953.

3-D

Released in United States Winter February 1954