Taza, Son of Cochise

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...
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Douglas Sirk
Production: Universal
79 min

These are the evil ones.

But that's your brother Naiche.

I'll have to take

these six Chiricahuas to Fort Apache.

- These men must be punished.

- Look again, Captain.

They are being punished.


Taza is giving it to you straight.

Facing a firing squad,

that's an honorable thing,

but being punished like this

makes them lose face.

There's nothing worse for an Apache.

- You've broken the treaty.

- Some of my men have.

I've punished them.

I'm sorry, Taza. I have my orders.


As I understand the treaty,

if any Chiricahua kills a white man,

the tribe must surrender their arms

and move to the reservation.

This is up to General Crook.

He's due back to Fort Apache tomorrow.

You can appeal to him if you wish.

I had a wish for peace.

Lieutenant Willis.

Yes, sir.

We're taking this men.

Sergeant Hamma and four men, over here.

May I have your knife, Hegan?

I remember when the Apaches

were proud and brave.

You spoke those words to my father.


- Taza!

- Dismount!


- Lieutenant Willis.

- Yeah.

- He tried to take my sword.

- How? He was half dead.

Taza, I regret this very much.

This was the very thing

I tried to avoid.

The last thing I wanted to happen.

I'm sorry.

Hurry it up, men!

Sergeant, prepare to move out.

Troop! To mount!

Even Cochise

wouldn't let this go unpunished.

I'll do what must be done.

Company, left wheel!

Forward, march!

This is the place

the White Eyes call Fort Apache.

Three sentries have been posted.

Alright. Tank you. Good night.

Good night, sir.

If I were you

I would sleep my boots on.

We have sentries posted.

I'd feel better if we had

Taza behind bars.

- Better still in front of a firing squad.

- Good night.

Good night, Captain.

General Crook and his soldiers.

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George Zuckerman

George Zuckerman (August 10, 1916 – September 30, 1996) was an American screenwriter and novelist. Zuckerman began his career writing short stories for Cosmopolitan, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire in the 1940s. He wrote the stories for the 1947 films The Fortress and Whispering City before completing his first screenplay, Trapped, in 1949. Additional credits include Border Incident (1949), B-movies like Spy Hunt (1950), Under the Gun (1951), Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), and The Square Jungle, and his best known works, Written on the Wind (1956) and The Tarnished Angels (1958), both collaborations with director Douglas Sirk. Zuckerman's published novels include The Last Flapper (1969), loosely based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and The Potato Peelers (1974). Zuckerman died in Santa Monica, California one month after his 80th birthday. more…

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