The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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As unrest grips a distant mining town where the Barkleys have financial interests, Heath travels to the place in an attempt to diffuse the situation.


Paul Wendkos


Carey Wilber, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 1 more credit »


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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)
Anne Helm ... Brydie Hanrihan
Sherwood Price ... Dion O'Doul
Ford Rainey ... Colin Murdoch
John McLiam ... Paddy The Ghoul
Richard Hale ... Samuel Hummel
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Newton
Brendan Dillon ... Tim Hanrihan
Bing Russell ... Jack Tolliver
Zolya Talma Zolya Talma ... Crone
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Bryce


In the town of Lonesome Camp, the Barkleys' investment in a mine is threatened when labor unrest leads to a violent strike. Heath looks into the situation and, due to promises made by the late Tom Barkley years before, the Barkleys decide to fight for control of the mine in order to settle the dispute. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Anne Helm receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »


When Heath first arrives in Lonesome Camp, he gets off his horse and enters the saloon. Before going in you can see two obvious shadows of men through the window. When he enters there are no men at the window to cast the shadow. See more »

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A riot occurs at a Barkley-Sierra mine
6 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A nasty violent strike comes upon a mine that is partially owned by the Barkley family. Heath is sent to the town to find out the true reason(s) for the riots. Since Heath had worked in a mine, he would have the best knowledge of the strikers intentions.

When Heath arrives at the town there is a marked cause for concern. The reason for the strike is that wages have been cut and updating living standards have not been met. This was against what Tom Barkley had promised the workers years ago. And with the plan to bring in Chinese workers the men resort to violence.

Upon returning from the mine, Heath meets the family and advises that fault lies with Tom Barkley's broken promises. This angers Victoria as she gives her own speech with the picture of Tom Barkley in the background.

When murder happens at the mine- the Barkley family knows something has to be done. But in order for changes to happen- they first must get control of stockholders.

This episode kept the viewer interested the entire running time. But there was some raw acting in this show. Lee Majors gives a six paragraph speech in the middle of the episode which proved that he was a novice actor. He was at his height of handsomeness but his acting had a lot to be desired. Thanks goodness that Barbara Stanwyck delivered the next few lines because we went from raw to perfection with her acting ability.

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