Taza, Son of Cochise
|Taza, Son of Cochise|
|Directed by||Douglas Sirk|
|Produced by||Ross Hunter|
|Screenplay by||George Zuckerman|
|Story by||Gerald Drayson Adams|
(story and adaptation)
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Cinematography||Russell Metty, A.S.C.|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth A.C.E.|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Taza, Son of Cochise is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush. The film was shot in 3D, released in the Polo-Lite 3D System using one projector.
Three years after the end of the Apache Wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza (Rock Hudson) shares his ideas, but brother Naiche (Bart Roberts) yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona (Barbara Rush). 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 start a war.
- Rock Hudson as Taza
- Barbara Rush as Oona
- Gregg Palmer as Capt. Burnett
- Bart Roberts as Naiche
- Morris Ankrum as Grey Eagle
- Gene Iglesias as Chato
- Richard Cutting as Cy Hegan
- Ian MacDonald as Geronimo
- Joe Sawyer as Sgt. Hamma
- Lance Fuller as Lt. Willis
- Brad Jackson as Lt. Richards
- James Van Horn as Skinya
- Charles Horvath as Kocha
- Robert Hoy as Lobo
- Barbara Burck as Mary
- Dan White as Tiswin Charlie
It was the third time Jeff Chandler played Cochise, following Broken Arrow and The Battle at Apache Pass. Parts of the film were shot in Castle Valley, Professor Valley, Sand Flats, Devil's Garden, and Arches National Park in Utah.
Acknowledgment in end credits
"We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior whose splendid cooperation made possible the photography of scenes at Arches National Monument Park."
- WORK AT WARNERS RESUMES TUESDAY: Rehearsals on New Pictures Will Get Under Way After Shutdown of 3 Months Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 10 July 1953: 10.
- D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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