The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Joshua Hawks, who is standing for public office, rides into town and accuses the Nick Barkley's family of stealing land and all produce grown on it illegal. Jarrod is concerned at Hawks' ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
James Whitmore ... Joshua Hawks
Julie Adams ... Edna Wesley
Sherwood Price ... Frank Wesley
Strother Martin ... Dan'l Hawks
Harlan Warde ... Peter Doolin
Bill Quinn ... Store Proprietor
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Dave Sloane
Rudy Bukich Rudy Bukich ... Barkeep
Walter Woolf King ... Judge
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Steve


Joshua Hawks, who is standing for public office, rides into town and accuses the Nick Barkley's family of stealing land and all produce grown on it illegal. Jarrod is concerned at Hawks' actions, and knows suing the man will do more good for Hawks than the Barkley's. His campaign manager Frank Wesley risks dismissal when he challenges Hawks tactics, but ultimately agrees to go along. The Barkley's face further pressure as buyers start to fall off when there is doubt over the produce grown on their farms. A fire at Hawk's hotel is blamed without evidence on the Barkley's. The tension grows as Hawks requests a meeting with Victoria Barkley. He proposes a truce, but she rejects the idea. He then reveals he'd known the Barkley's when her husband was still alive and used to work on the farm. A special governors meeting is planned and Frank is appalled to discover Hawks plans to blow up the town hall killing the Barkley family. The local shop keeper who sold the explosives becomes ... Written by glen_chapman <>

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Release Date:

31 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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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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Good actors make this a strong show
3 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

With a cast that features James Whitmore, Julie Adams and Strother Martin the viewer knows that they are in for a treat. Add a good story to the fine actors and you get a show that is entertaining.

The story begins when Joshua Hawks (James Whitmore), a candidate for governor, comes into Stockton and announces that the land that the Barkley's claim was actually stolen property. And when he makes this claim in front of Nick, we all know that is just a matter of time before Nick punches Hawks in the jaw.

Even though the claims are made-up information by Hawks' campaign manager the story draws interest. In fact it gains Hawks so much interest that he decides to stick with the story so that his name will appear in papers as the voting date nears. Even with objections from the campaign manager, Hawks continues his rants on the entire Barkley family.

When a committee calls Hawks to show proof of his claim, he plots a scheme where the building the meeting is to occur will be damaged by an explosion. And afterwards the blame will be pinned on the Barkleys. However something goes terribly wrong which will end Mr Hawks seeking the governor's chair.

Good acting and an interesting story keeps this episode going strong. A good watch for viewers.

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