The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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A former suitor of Victoria Barkley comes into town. Her feelings towards him changes quickly when he and his gunslingers make themselves at home at the Barkley Ranch.


Virgil W. Vogel


Margaret Armen, 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)
Dan O'Herlihy ... David Wyncop (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Don Chastain ... Horn
Sam Melville ... Jack
Vincent Gardenia ... Briggs
K.T. Stevens ... Dressmaker (as K. T. Stevens)
James Gavin James Gavin ... Sheriff
William Fawcett ... Old Man (as Bill Fawcett)
Troy Melton ... Lou
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Martha
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Prisoner


A former suitor of Victoria Barkley comes into town. Her feelings towards him changes quickly when he and his gunslingers make themselves at home at the Barkley Ranch.

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Release Date:

9 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dan O'Herlihy, Lisa, Sam Melville and Vincent Gardenia receive 'Guest Stars' credits. See more »


Jarrod Barkley: I can't wait to get to Brownsville and cut some of this dust off.
Nick Barkley: I figured you'd be pretty used to it. You get enough dust in all those law books of yours.
Jarrod Barkley: Oh, is that so?
Nick Barkley: Mm-hmm.
Jarrod Barkley: Well then, brother Nick, maybe you'd like to negotiate the contract for this herd.
Nick Barkley: Oh, no no no, I find my spelling pretty dusty, too.
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Barbara Stanwyck at her best
4 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins as Victoria, who is riding along a trail, notices a fire in the distance. She hauls it to the fire to find a neighbors house afire. Bandits (called O'Tools in this episode) have been around Stockton causing havoc among the citizens. When Victoria arrives the man of the house has been killed and the women passed-out in the yard.

When Victoria awakes her, she starts yelling that her baby is still in inside the burning house. With the flames engulfing the house there is no use trying to enter the residence. However just as all hope is given up- a man comes up and pulls the baby to safety. The man just happens to be an old flame of Victoria named David Wyncop.

Later it is learned that David Wyncop has been hired by the Stockton town council to protect the citizens from the bandits. David will bring in some of his men and set up patrols to stop the bandits.

The problem is that David's men start treating Stockton as their own person playhouse by disobeying any form of law or common decency. It goes from bad to worse when David decides - with the Barkley boys out on a cattle drive -that he will make the Barkley Ranch his headquarters for his type of justice.

This will cause Victoria to reexamine her memory of David Wyncop as she now sees him in a different light. Victoria will have to confront the present and forget about the past.

Barbara Stanwyck gives an excellent performance as the matriarch of the Barkley family. She gets the opportunity to project her strong attitude in many of the scenes. She is tough as nails when confronting the hired lawmen that act worse than most criminals and somewhat fragile when it comes to memories of a younger David Wyncop. Her acting makes the entire show worthy of a watch.

A good story with an interesting ending. Good watch for viewers!

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