The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Jonah 

The Barkley's hire a ranch hand who has the reputation of having bad luck follow him. After a series of mishaps and an angry disagreement about him being fired, there is a surprise in store for everyone.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Ed Adamson, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (credit only)
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley
Marty Allen ... Waldo Deifendorfer
Wayne Rogers ... Don Jarvis
Eddie Firestone ... Sid
Hal Lynch Hal Lynch ... Eli
Ken Lynch ... Hank Demers
S. John Launer ... Frank MacGarrett
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The Barkley's hire a ranch hand who has the reputation of having bad luck follow him. After a series of mishaps and an angry disagreement about him being fired, there is a surprise in store for everyone.

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rainstorm | prayer | jinx | See All (3) »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Audra tells Jonah she has three brothers, but she actually has four: Eugene, the forth, was never explained as deceased, so although his character was written out, he would still exist. See more »

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From her bedroom window, Audra is observing Waldo at the barn in a direct line and at the same level right in front of her, but her bedroom has been previously seen as being upstairs. See more »

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Schlemiel or Schlimazel?
25 February 2012 | by uber_geekSee all my reviews

I was never a Marty Allen fan, but he plays a sweet and lovable, but unfortunate character of Waldo Diefendorfer, a man who seems to cause catastrophe just by his presence wherever he goes. When he gets into town, a man who recognizes him steers him to where the Barkley's are hiring.

But is Waldo a schlemiel or a schlimazel? For those who don't know Yiddish, a schlemiel is a bumbler or clumsy oaf while a schlimazel is a very unlucky person. The schlemiel spills the soup, but the schlimazel is the one the soup spills on. Waldo seems to be a bit of both as most of the actual bad luck seems to those around Waldo. True to form, once he starts at the Barkley's, a string of bad events occur. The rest of the workers think he's a jinx and want him to leave, but Audra thinks that if he had a little faith in himself his luck would change. Some will find this episode corny, but I find it one of the best of the series...humorous and sweet.


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