The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Battle of Mineral Springs 

While returning to Stockton, Victoria and Jarrod stop in a town with outrageous prices for food, lodging and services. After finding out the people are bilking travelers to survive, 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
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (credit only)
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley (credit only)
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley
Jack Albertson ... Judge Ben Moore
Dennis Patrick ... Ed Crawford
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Elmer
Janis Hansen Janis Hansen ... Janie Moore
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Burt Simpson
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... Joe (as Paul Barselow)
Lincoln Demyan ... Pete
Mark Tapscott ... Wagon Driver
Jonathan Hole ... Clerk
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Storyline

While returning to Stockton, Victoria and Jarrod stop in a town with outrageous prices for food, lodging and services. After finding out the people are bilking travelers to survive, the Barkley's decide to open a shipping business to save the town-despite opposition from a territorial "boss" with a rival freight company in the area. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 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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The Battle of Mineral Springs was the 100th episode of The Big Valley. See more »

Quotes

Crawford: You can't arrest me!
Jarrod Barkley: Oh, can't I? Take a look at that.
Crawford: Now, that's a U.S. Deputy's badge.
Jarrod Barkley: My, what good eyes you have, Grandma.
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Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Long work great in this program.
11 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Jarrod and Victoria get detoured into a town named Mineral Springs. Little do they know they are going to become victims of a town that will price gouge them into jail. From a dinner that was triple the average cost to being charged for reading material in their hotel room, Jarrod becomes livid and demands a court hearing on the outrageous prices.

The Judge, which is also the Mayor, makes them pay a fine, court cost, contempt of court fees, messenger fees and even a breakfast fee. With Jarrod stating previous California case law and Victoria telling him just to pay the fine- Jarrod finally runs out of money and has to send a bank draft into another town for payment.

But later the Barkleys learn why the town is into money enrichment. They decide to help the town with a freight and stagecoach route to help to bring money back into Mineral Springs. But that will lead to other problems from a neighboring town's leader named Ed Crawford.

The first minutes of the show was some of the funniest moments in the entire 'Big Valley' series. Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Long worked great with each other to perform the comedy lines with great timing. Even when the show dealt with the serious matter of the neighboring town- the show continued to entertain. A good story with some great acting.


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