The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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A wagon traveling through the night loses a wheel. While doing repairs a stranger rides up an offers help. Sabrina Lynn passenger sees him and rushes off into the night, only to drop in a ... See full summary »


Arthur H. Nadel


Don Ingalls, 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)
Laura Devon ... Sabrina
Fred Beir ... Jack Floyd
Kelly Thordsen ... Pierce
Michael Harris Michael Harris ... Sheriff
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Preston
David Richards David Richards ... Skinny
Richard Collier ... Clerk
J.P. Burns J.P. Burns ... Peddler (as J. P. Burns)
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Stage Driver (as Chuck Bail)


A wagon traveling through the night loses a wheel. While doing repairs a stranger rides up an offers help. Sabrina Lynn passenger sees him and rushes off into the night, only to drop in a dead faint at the feet of Nick Barkley. Next day Nick organizes to get Sabrina to town and set up to rejoin the now repaired coach. He is clearly infatuated by the girl but she resists his advances. Later that day the stranger she saw the previous night arrives in town. Sabrina tells Nick about the man, Jack Floyd, wanted for murder. A day later another man, Jack arrives in town. It becomes clear this is the real Jack Floyd and Sabrina loves him. She goes to the first Jack and tells him where to find the real Jack, then tells Nick to meet her at the location. Nick the better gun, shoots and wounds Floyd. The sheriff discovers his real name was John Peirce, and he'd trailing Floyd after the murder of his brother. Sheriff discovered Sabrina met Jack when the night stage arrived. Nick goes to confront ... Written by glen_chapman <>

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Release Date:

7 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Laura Devon receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »


When Nick takes Ms Lynn to the hotel lobby, he is shown leaning on the desk whilst talking with the clerk about the stage being late. Nick's second shirt button is unbuttoned. When it switches to another camera to get all three in the shot, the shirt is now fully buttoned. See more »

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Perhaps not the best show- but full of memories of the show.
4 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode, we have some of the things that made 'The Big Valley' a program to watch. Oh not the plot or the acting but some of the moments from the show that still stand out years after watching. We get to see Nick being Nick, we get to see some fancy gun-shooting, we get to see one of the most cheesy opening scenes and we get to see Barbara Stanwyck in an cow-women skirt with hat that is worthy of only a great performer like Ms Stanwyck.

After a strange opening scene where a stagecoach has a broken wheel and the woman passenger, Sabrina Lynn, goes running into the woods. It appears she is running between trees and brush only to fall at the feet on Nick that just happen to be in the same woods during a thunderstorm in the middle of the night.

Nick is infatuated with Ms Lynn and gets her a room inside Stockton. She tells Nick that she is running from an abusive wanted man named Jack Floyd. He tells her that Jack is very jealous and kills men that just talks to her. With the Nick Barkley flare, he tells her that if he comes into Stockton he will take care of him.

It is true that Jack Floyd is coming to town but there is also someone chasing him named John Pierce. John Pierce is wanting revenge for killing his son in another town and is after Floyd for the killing. Sabrina, who really loves Jack Floyd, schemes up with Mr Pierce and Nick to have a chance meeting on the street. She tells both men that they are meeting the criminal John Floyd. And with some fast-shooting gun skills Nick kills who he believed to be the criminal. But the sheriff finds out that it was Mr Pierce that Nick killed. And when the news is broken to Nick, Victoria is in the outfit that was sure a fashion statement in the streets of Stockton.

When Nick hears the news- nothing is going to stop him in finding Jack Floyd and Sabrina Lynn and bring both to justice.

Perhaps not the best show but it has many good scenes that make this show interesting. This is the reason we remember episodes of 'The Big Valley' even today.

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