The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Lightfoot 

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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Lightfoot returns to Stockton but with a changed attitude
5 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Joe Don Baker plays an Modoc Indian named Lightfoot that grew up in Stockton and now has graduated from Harvard Law School and is returning back home. However upon his return his attitude has changed. He is now a bitter person that is mad at all white men mainly because the California Legislature turned down a bill that would return stolen land to the Modoc Indians.

Two brothers, Ben and Clem Watson, is not helping matters. They set up Lightfoot for a fight after being false accused of inappropriate comments to a white lady. When the fight was broken up by Sheriff Madden, Lightfoot vowed to kill the Watson brothers.

The next scene show some conflict inside a barn then the picture pans down to show Clem Watson dead. Lightfoot is arrest and charged with murder after two suspicious witnesses agree to testify.

In court Lightfoot does not help his case when he says that he wants to kill all white men including the people on the jury. This sets the town ablaze with the hatred for Lightfoot and also Jarrod for defending Lightfoot. And when he escapes from jail the town forms a posse to bring him in.

For an episode that has a very predictable script, the show seemed to play out well. There is plenty of hatred in Stockton but by the end all appeared to be forgiven. Not really the best acted program but one people will remember for many years to come.


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