The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Lost Treasure 

When a smooth talking stranger comes to Heath claiming he's his father, Heath agrees to travel to the town of his mother's grave to investigate the story.


Arthur H. Nadel


Jack Curtis, 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)
Buddy Hackett ... Charlie Sawyer
Bruce Dern ... Clovis
John Milford ... Atteridge
Dub Taylor ... the Bartender
Beah Richards ... Hannah


Heath is shaken when a slick talking man comes to the ranch and claims he is his long lost father. Heath travels to his boyhood home of Strawberry to verify the story and he soon finds out that his "father" will live or die based on his believing him- and paying a debt using Barkley money. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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The story overcame the poor casting
24 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

As much as I like Buddy Hackett, the seriousness of the script and the terrible Irish accent made this show difficult to watch. Not that the acting was poorly done, it was a poor casting job by the production staff.

Charlie Sawyer (Buddy Hackett) comes to the ranch and tells Heath that he is his son. He even produces a marriage certificate proving that he was once married to his mother.

Heath takes a ride with Sawyer back to his old hometown of Strawberry to find if any knows the truth. Ms Hannah that use to keep Heath as a child is elderly but does remember Sawyer. And even says that he was indeed married to Heath's mother.

Heath returns back to the ranch and tells the entire Barkley clan that he is not a Barkley. Barbara puts on a near award winning performance as she tries to persuade Heath that he is a Barkley.

When the truth is finally revealed the viewers will be happy that all could be back to normal at the ranch. Even with the poor casting, the show did have some good moments that were entertaining.

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