The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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While returning to the ranch with a horse he just purchased, Heath becomes side tracked and ends up taking home a baby after the mother dies. The father, an outlaw, eventually heads for the... See full summary »

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (creator), Louis F. Edelman (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley (credit only)
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley
Peter Haskell ... Ben Rawlins
Bruce Dern ... John Weaver
Ondine Vaughn Ondine Vaughn ... Amanda Rawlins
Noah Keen ... Jim Stanley
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Link Mason
Peggy Ann Garner ... Mrs. Whittaker
Walter Coy ... Jamison
Bill Quinn ... Doctor
Rhoda Williams Rhoda Williams ... Lydia Stanley
The Dyer Twins The Dyer Twins ... Joey
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While returning to the ranch with a horse he just purchased, Heath becomes side tracked and ends up taking home a baby after the mother dies. The father, an outlaw, eventually heads for the Barkley's to take custody-and into a bounty hunter's trap. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 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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It was odd seeing Barbara Stanwyck walk across the baby's blanket with boots on. The child was playing on the blanket. See more »

Goofs

As Heath is putting Joey in the basket, getting ready to leave, he puts a Raggedy Ann doll in the basket, which didn't exist until 1918. Ben Rawlins finds the same doll on the road just before he is confronted by John Weaver. Another doll is found in Joey's sleeping room when Nick wakes up in the middle of the night to quiet him down. See more »

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One of the better shows in the entire series.
21 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is one of the better shows in the entire collection of 'The Big Valley'. Well written, well acted and an emotional roller coaster for the viewer. Sometime I cannot understand why this series was not continued after the fourth season.

In this show Heath meets a preacher/bounty hunter named John Weaver (Bruce Dern) along the trail. Seems that Weaver is looking for the notorious outlaw Ben Rowlins. Mr Rowlins has a wife and a new baby in the area close to Stockton and Weaver believes he is in route to see the new child. Heath agrees to ride with Weaver since a horse Weaver is riding belongs to the Barkley ranch.

When they get to the Rowlins homestead they find Ms Rowlins near death and a healthy baby named Joey. Before Ms Rowlins passes, she asks Heath if he will take care of the baby.

Heath will try to find a good home for the baby. So he takes the child back to the Barkley Ranch. However it will be more difficult that he thinks since no one wants a baby that is an offspring of outlaw Rowlins.

Soon Ben Rowlins rides into Stockton and hears about his child being at the Barkley's. Rowlins wants to take the baby and leave but that will be hard to do as the bounty hunter is just behind him. Now Rowlins will have to make a decision about what is the best for the baby. The viewer knows what is best but will Rowlins see the obvious answer.

A very good show that held the viewer's interest the entire time. Acting was terrific and the story was entertaining. One of the better shows in the entire series.


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