The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Night of the Wolf 

When Nick is wounded by a rabid wolf, he leaves home without explaining himself to his family outside of Heath.


Joseph H. Lewis


Margaret Armen, 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)
Nancy Olson ... Julia
Ron Howard ... Tommy (as Ronny Howard)
Yuki Shimoda ... Po Hsien
Ted Gehring ... Larsh
Bruce Gibson Bruce Gibson ... Pete
Chubby Johnson ... Dr. Borland
Richard Wendley Richard Wendley ... Second Doctor
Russell Trent Russell Trent ... Bartender


Nick is bitten by a rabid wolf, an attack only Heath witnesses. Thinking he is going to die, Nick leaves the ranch and Stockton without any explanation to his family. His journey leads him to re-examine his life and attitudes - and the kindness of a woman and her son give him hope for the future. Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

1 December 1965 (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?


Louis Pasteur developed the rabies vaccine in 1885. He developed the anthrax vaccine in the 1870s. The episode previous to this one showed them vaccinating some cattle for anthrax. In this one, it is stated that there is no known cure for rabies. Without knowing just which year the episode takes place, it is possible that the rabies vaccine had not yet been developed. See more »

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Fondly Remembered by Baby Boomer Fans
13 April 2010 | by summerfieldsSee all my reviews

This is not exactly a great episode, but it is one - for whatever reasons - which seems to linger in the memory of many who saw it as youngsters in the sixties.

Our Nick is bitten by a rabid wolf and seeks peace and love during his 'last days'....

Nancy Olson is wonderful as the widow whose little boy - played by (Opie Taylor!) Ronnie Howard - gets attached to Nick as he has no father figure.

A showcase for Peter Breck and a fairly satisfying show with the expected happy ending (for the most part).

Watch it for yourselves!

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