The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Down Shadow Street 

Victoria has a key testimony to offer at a murder trial. An unethical judge with a conflict of interest in the case has her confined to a grisly madhouse. Jarrod and Nick desperately launch a search to find her.


Virgil W. Vogel


Ken Trevey, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Robert Middleton ... Judge Tyrone
Dan Ferrone ... Buddy Tyrone
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Albert Pruitt
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Miss Alice
Kam Tong ... Wing Lee
Amzie Strickland ... Beanie
James Gavin James Gavin ... Sheriff
Sam Reese ... Ollie Patten
Jo Ann Pflug ... Ruthie Murphy (as Joann Pflug)
Robert Adler ... Stagecoach Driver


Victoria sees her own godson kill a woman. At the urging of his servant (and against the wishes of the boy himself), the boy's father, a judge and longtime friend of Victoria's, has her confined to an insane asylum. Jarrod, Nick, and the boy desperately launch a search to find her. Written by rbecker28

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Release Date:

23 January 1967 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Closing credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »


Nick Barkley: What, me pick up a check for a prosperous lawyer? I wouldn't humiliate you!
Jarrod Barkley: I wouldn't dream of denying you the opportunity!
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One of the best episodes in the entire collection.
19 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this exceptional episode, Barbara Stanwyck gives a performance that rivals any that she made in her career. She makes this episode one of my favorites in all the entire run of the series.

When Victoria witnesses a murder of a young saloon girl. She also witnesses the killer that just happens to be her god-son, and the local Judge's son, Buddy Tyrone. The Judge does not want to believe Victoria and will do anything to keep his son from hanging.

When the Judge finds out the truth about the murder he finds a way to place Victoria in a ruthless mental hospital. As the inquest nears, no one has heard a word from Victoria. The Judge's son can escape the charges if Victoria does not testify. But the Judge will find out that his actions will be just as deadly as murder.

There are many good details about this episode. From the acting to the casting- this episode was at the top of the game. One of the best of 'The Big Valley' episodes in the series.

NOTE- you will notice that the mental hospital looks very much like the Barkley house. All the exterior filming of the Barkley House was done in season one. This season two episode shows the house after some wear and make-up.

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