Taza, Son of Cochise

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.

Taza, Son of Cochise
Directed byDouglas Sirk
Produced byRoss Hunter
Screenplay byGeorge Zuckerman
Story byGerald Drayson Adams
(story and adaptation)
StarringRock Hudson
Barbara Rush
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyRussell Metty, A.S.C.
Edited byMilton Carruth A.C.E.
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 18, 1954 (1954-02-18) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



It was the third time Jeff Chandler played Cochise, following Broken Arrow and The Battle at Apache Pass.[1] Parts of the film were shot in Castle Valley, Professor Valley, Sand Flats, Devil's Garden, and Arches National Park in Utah.[2]

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."


  1. 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.
  2. 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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