The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Despite being college educated, a Modoc Indian is given to angry outbursts as he imagines prejudice from any action of white people. With the whole town against the tribesman, Jarrod acts ... See full summary »

Director:

Lawrence Dobkin

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (creator), Louis F. Edelman (creator) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (credit only)
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley
Joe Don Baker ... Tom Lightfoot
Amy Thomson ... Lil Bailey
Harry Lauter ... Ben Watson
Walter Coy ... D. A. Arthur McCann
Dan Kemp Dan Kemp ... Clem Watson
Bill Catching Bill Catching ... Calvin
Bill Quinn ... Walter
Peter Brocco ... Judge
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Murphy
Pete Kellett Pete Kellett ... Benton
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Despite being college educated, a Modoc Indian is given to angry outbursts as he imagines prejudice from any action of white people. With the whole town against the tribesman, Jarrod acts as his lawyer when he is accused of murdering a white man who had heckled him. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An allegory for the civil rights struggle
9 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Substitute Native American for Afro-American and you have in this Big Valley story, a plot concerning the civil rights movement. One can only imagine the feelings of frustration among the civil rights activists of post war America before the civil rights act and the voting rights act passed. That's the frustration that Harvard educated Modoc Indian Joe Don Baker is feeling concerning a bill in the California State Legislature that will give reparations to the Modocs for their land.

This is also a bill that Jarrod Barkley has been an unofficial lobbyist for and it's frustrating for Richard Long as well. Still Baker uses the same kind of rhetoric that some black activists used in the troubled Sixties. Baker is all for Burn Baby Burn and that doesn't make him too popular among the population of Stockton.

When a pair of lout brothers Harry Lauter and Dan Kemp and friends beat up Baker after he allegedly molested saloon girl Amy Thomson, Baker's even more angry. Then after Kemp is found dead in a barn it's Baker arrested for his murder. Of course Richard Long is compelled to defend him, but Baker is no easy client.

Baker really owns this episode and it's a fine allegory for the civil rights struggle of recent memory.


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