The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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A man arrives at the ranch looking for Heath and is shot by two trailing bounty hunters who claim he is wanted for murder. While the man is recuperating at the ranch, Jarrod travels to ... See full summary »


Arnold Laven


Harry Kronman, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Bert Freed ... Judge Ben Coulter
Audrey Dalton ... Amy
Frank Marth ... Marshal Lanson
Lew Gallo ... Matt
Rex Holman ... Will Hover
Mort Mills ... Sheriff
John Rayborn John Rayborn ... Cass Weydon
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Dr Merar
Larry J. Blake ... Clerk
Mike De Anda Mike De Anda ... Ciego (as Mike de Anda)


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A man arrives at the ranch looking for Heath and is shot by two trailing bounty hunters who claim he is wanted for murder. While the man is recuperating at the ranch, Jarrod travels to Coreyville to look into the murder charge and Heath comes to terms with an old grudge. Written by Anonymous

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The set used for Coreyville is the set for the series "Gunsmoke (1955)". The Sheriff's office, the hotel and even the general store is the same set as the other series. See more »


Jarrod refers to Aces and Eights as the "Dead Man's Hand" during a card game. This is in reference to Wild Bill Hickok being shot in 1876. This series was established to have taken place prior to 1875. See more »


Nick Barkley: [Nick walks into the saloon to where Heath is playing poker at a table. He looks over Heath's shoulder to see his hand] You boys can't beat "kings" you better drop.
Heath Barkley: I outta bust you right in the teeth!
Nick Barkley: Oh now you just go ahead and try. I'd like an excuse to tear you apart top to bottom.
Heath Barkley: [Heath gets up to face Nick] All right, big brother. You name the game. But anything you start, I figure to finish.
Heath Barkley: Well, c'mon.
Nick Barkley: Now that would pleasure me. But I'd like the proper time to do the proper job. And ...
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Started off well but then drifted to a routine western story.
13 August 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When a man rides up and advises that he is a friend of Heath's, everything appears set for a nice reunion. But before Heath and his friend can meet, two deputies from a town called Coreyville serious wound the visitor. They have a wanted poster for the arrest of the friend and plan to take him back with them.

Instead Jarrod uses some lawyer tactics and stalls the return. In the meaning time Jarrod rides to Coreyville to check out the details of the murder. But what he finds is a town with many secrets that some still want hidden. Jarrod is definitely not welcome when he starts snooping into the elements of the murder.

From the beginning of the episode, it appeared to be an action packed show. But when Jarrod gets to the town of Coreyville it turns into a very routine western show that has been replayed many times. A town is run by one man and it seems everyone is in his pocket. Every western series has two or three scripts with the same elements. Was not very exciting once we got into the story.

There is one scene worth noting. Near the end, there is a time when the shots have to be fired. This must have been rehearsed because when the time to fire came, the Barkley boys all turned and shot at the very same instant.

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Release Date:

9 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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