Conquest of Cochise

Conquest of Cochise is a 1953 American Western film set in 1853 at the time of the Gadsen Purchase. Produced by Sam Katzman and directed by William Castle, it stars John Hodiak, Robert Stack and Joy Page.

Conquest of Cochise
Directed byWilliam Castle
Screenplay byArthur Lewis
DeVallon Scott
Story byDeVallon Scott
Produced bySam Katzman
StarringJohn Hodiak
Robert Stack
Joy Page
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byAl Clark
Color processTechnicolor
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 1953 (1953-09)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Major Tom Burke is assigned to lead four troops of Dragoons into Tucson, within the recent Gadsden Purchase by the United States. Both the dreaded Apache and savage Comanche Indian tribes are at war with the Mexican population. In addition to the three stakeholders, Major Burke faces a treacherous businessman whose profits of selling alcohol to all parties is threatened by peace.



The film was shot at Santa Clarita, California, Corriganville movie ranch and the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, California.

William Castle says Katzman insisted Indians wear bathing caps to indicate they had shaved their heads in order to save money.[1]


  1. ^ Castle, William (1976). Step right up! : ... I'm gonna scare the pants off America. Putnam. p. 125.

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