The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Brawlers 

Claude Akins plays Jimmy Callahan, the proud leader of a group of six families who have come from Ireland to make a new life for themselves. They arrived by way of San Francisco where they ... See full summary »


Joseph Pevney


William W. Norton (as William Norton), 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)
Claude Akins ... Callahan
Noreen Corcoran ... Sharon
J. Pat O'Malley ... Grandpa
Eleanor Audley ... Mother Callahan
Ken Lynch ... Storekeeper
Napoleon Whiting ... Silas
Olan Soule ... Telegraph Clerk
John Harmon ... Conductor
Joe Higgins ... Passenger


Claude Akins plays Jimmy Callahan, the proud leader of a group of six families who have come from Ireland to make a new life for themselves. They arrived by way of San Francisco where they paid their money and got all the paper work for their new homestead. Unfortunately they were swindled and have "bought" what is actually Barkley Land. Jimmy has an altercation with Audra Barkley Linda Evans and eventually comes to blows with brother Nick Peter Breck in a true Donnybrook of a battle. Heath 'Lee Majors" meanwhile has taken to Jimmy's niece Colleen Noreen Corcoran and tries to help the stranded families. Jimmy and Nick travel to San Francisco to try to get everything straightened out. Written by B6

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Release Date:

15 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?


Claude Akins receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »


Glaringly obvious use of doubles in the fight scene between Peter Breck and Claude Akins. See more »


Callahan: I'm a dumb, rotten clod !
Nick Barkley: Your know ? I think you're right.
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A look at all sides of the Barkleys- good show
12 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

From a rather crony start, this evolved into a interesting story that showed all the sides of the Barkley family. We get to see Nick being Nick, Audra getting a red backside, Heath remembering his early life, Jarrod using his education and Victoria being the matriarch of the family. Heck, we even get to see Silas using Nick's emotion against himself. I thought it was an very interesting episode full of insights of all the characters.

When an Irish group of families stake claim to a portion of Barkley's land they produce a deed and bill of sell for the land. However they have been swindled and now Nick wants them off the land and he is prepared to use force. Nick gets in one of his famous fist fights with the leader of the group that produces one of those 'Nick' moments.

Not too much longer Nick and the leader, Jimmy John Callahan, team up together to get the swindler. However, only being in San Francisco for just a few minutes-both end up in jail. With hope fading to find the man who took the Callahan's money things look dark. Hopefully something can be done.

A very entertaining show.

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