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


In 1872,

the long bitter war fought

between the United States cavalry

and the Apache bands

led by Cochise came to an end.

The peace treaty signed

by Cochise and General Howard

brought peace to the Arizona territory.

But three years later,

the mighty leader

of the Chiricahua Apaches grew ill

and came to the end of his days.

My sons.

Hear the words of Cochise

for the last time.

Taza, mi first son,

lead the Chiricahuas

as I have led them.

Honor the peace

we have made with the White Eyes.

Think only and always for our people.

Naiche, my second son,

follow your brother and defend him

so long as he defends

the ways of Cochise.

One last wish.

Let no White Eyes find the ground

where Cochise makes the big sleep.

It is done.

My father's spirit joins the Sun.

No White Eyes will ever see this grave.

Now Cochise begins his big sleep.

News of the death of Cochise

reached the lone Apache Chieftain

who continued to ride the paths of war.

His name was Geronimo.

Where is Geronimo?


- The soldier coats are coming?

- No.

I bring the word of Grey Eagle.

Cochise has died.

- When did you leave?

- Two days and two nights ago.

They're taking him to the top

so that no White Eyes

could find his grave.

Good. Geronimo will again lead

a strong Apache nation.

For peace will die with Cochise

on the Chiricahua Mountain.

Stay here, Chato!


The ceremony is over, brother.

- It is time to laugh.

- Find someone else.

I have found her. Her name is Oona.

- She is beautiful.

- And she hates Naiche.

Her words mean nothing.

Her father favors me.

'Cause I don't speak

the ways of women, of cowards.

'Cause I want to live like a warrior

by the lance, the arrow and the knife.

Go back to the village.

Our father fought for 11 years

to win our peace with honor.

- Now you speaking of breaking it.

- I wait only for Geronimo.

- When he returns, I'll join him.

- You never will.

No while I lead the Chiricahuas.


Why don't you kill him?

Kill him! Kill him!

- He is my brother.

- But he bears evil for us.

And for our people.

Take him back to the village

and put him under the guard.

- Why did you leave the other women?

- I knew you were sad.

I wanted to be near you.

I must come back to the village.

My father would be worried.

Soon you will be my worry,

not Grey Eagle's.

You forget Naiche.

I will not forget him.

But now I can think only of you.

Kocha, get your rifle.

Watch him well.

My father.

Jeb, Aaron.

- What's wrong, Mary?

- Something scared the horses.

- Maybe Indians.

- Indians?

Don't start fretting.

This is Chiricahua country.

Only peaceful Redskins live here.

And Cochise...

Kocha, did you hear something?

Naiche, throw down your gun.




- Lieutenant Willis.

- Yes, sir.

Water your horses.

Keep the men out of the village.

You better tell your man

not to dismount and not to relax.

What's wrong, Hegan?

I don't reckon

we'll get to talk to Cochise.

The chief's feather is being worn

by Cochise's eldest son, Taza.

What's he like?

He's got it in him to be

a greater chief than Cochise

or a worse devil than Geronimo.

- Alert your men.

- Yes, sir.

- It's good to see you.

- Thank you, Taza. Thank you.

Captain Burnett, the new Soldier Chief

of the San Carlos reservation.

The Captain came to talk to Cochise.

Is about the killing

of the three White Eyes?

Yes, they're killed near your village.

Tell me, has Geronimo been around here?

We figured it was

some of his dirty work.

It was not Geronimo.

Some of my people are to blame.

Walk with me.

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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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