The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Under a Dark Star 

Pardoned after a long imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit, a man has Jarrod's help in adjusting to being free again. The man is hired to work at the ranch and after having doubt ... See full summary »


Michael Ritchie


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




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)
Albert Salmi ... Keno
Bruce Dern ... Follet
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Yankee
Charles Francisco Charles Francisco ... Turpin (as Chuck Francisco)
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Catlin (as Chuck Bail)
K.T. Stevens ... Meg (as K. T. Stevens)
Robert Whaley Robert Whaley ... Warden (as Bert Whaley)
James Shen James Shen ... Bartender
Michael Harris Michael Harris ... Deputy
Charles Horvath ... Guard


Pardoned after a long imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit, a man has Jarrod's help in adjusting to being free again. The man is hired to work at the ranch and after having doubt planted by one of the hands, his fear of returning to prison may lead to the death of the man who was the Prosecuting Attorney in the his case- Jarrod. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 February 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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Did You Know?


Albert Salmi receives a 'Guest Star' credit' See more »


As the last words of the show are spoken, there is a front view of the Barkley family waving goodbye. Nick has a hat on his head and is between Victoria and Jarrod. When the camera changes to a far away back view, Nick is now between Victoria and Heath and has no hat on his head. See more »

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Good script and fine acting makes for a good watch for viewers
9 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When Jarrod is the prosecuting attorney that sends Keno Nash to prison all seems well. Nine years later, it is found out that Keno had no part in the crime and will be released from prison. This weighs heavily on Jarrod to the point of meeting Keno on his release and taking him back to the Barkley Ranch for a job. This will prove difficult as most in the Barkley family remember that Keno vowed to kill Jarrod if he was ever released from prison.

Keno will now have to fit back into society but it will be difficult as most people in Stockton know that he is a released prisoner. Some even refuse to work with him due to his past. And after a few situations at the Barkley Ranch, even most of the family is asking Jarrod to get rid of Keno before more problems or even death befall on the family.

It will come down to one situation where Keno has the life of Jarrod in his hands. He will either leave Jarrod dying or save his life. The decision will either be forgiveness or revenge for the act nine years ago.

With many moments in the show that are either tender or harsh, this episode is bound to be a nice show for viewers. A good script and fine acting- will cause this show to be remembered long after viewing.

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