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"The Big Valley" (1965) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1965-1969

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The Big Valley: Season 1: Episode 30 -- A doctor treating train-passenger Audra for appendicitis meets enemies who reveal a secret from his past.
The Big Valley: Season 1: Episode 29 -- Victoria helps a friend and her ex-outlaw husband who have opened a store next to a warehouse of gold.
The Big Valley: Season 1: Episode 28 -- Audra falls for a speculator planning to foreclose on desperate ranchers to whom he gave high-interest loans.
The Big Valley: Season 1: Episode 27 -- The Barkley men must clear their father's name of accusations of taking Union Army gold thought lost in a shipwreck.
The Big Valley: Season 1: Episode 26 -- Victoria forces an escaped convict at gunpoint to rescue Heath from beneath a mudslide; guest Bruce Dern.


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Release Date:
15 September 1965 (USA) See more »
The Wild West adventures of the residents and staff of Barkley Ranch in California's San Joaquin Valley. Full summary »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Barbara Stanwyck's Own Western See more (34 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 219)

Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)

Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (48 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bernard McEveety (11 episodes, 1965-1968)
Paul Henreid (9 episodes, 1965-1968)
Arnold Laven (6 episodes, 1965-1968)
Joe Mazzuca (5 episodes, 1967-1969)
Arthur H. Nadel (4 episodes, 1966)
Joseph H. Lewis (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Michael Ritchie (3 episodes, 1966)
Norman S. Powell (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Charles S. Dubin (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul Wendkos (2 episodes, 1965)
Richard Long (2 episodes, 1967-1969)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Louis F. Edelman (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Ken Pettus (14 episodes, 1966-1969)
Mel Goldberg (13 episodes, 1965-1969)
Margaret Armen (10 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jay Simms (6 episodes, 1965-1969)
Harry Kronman (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Arthur Browne Jr. (5 episodes, 1966-1969)
Don Ingalls (5 episodes, 1966-1969)
William W. Norton (4 episodes, 1965-1969)
Peter Packer (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lou Morheim (4 episodes, 1966-1968)
Ken Trevey (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
John O'Dea (4 episodes, 1967-1969)
Sasha Gilien (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Curtis (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Paul Savage (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Steven W. Carabatsos (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Gilbert Ralston (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Edward J. Lakso (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Judith Barrows (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Carey Wilber (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christopher Knopf (2 episodes, 1965)
Michael Gleason (2 episodes, 1967)
Arthur Rowe (2 episodes, 1967)
D.C. Fontana (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lee Erwin (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Arnold Laven .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jules V. Levy .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Lou Morheim .... associate producer / producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Original Music by
George Duning (58 episodes, 1965-1967)
Lalo Schifrin (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Elmer Bernstein (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
Joseph Mullendore (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (75 episodes, 1965-1969)
Charles Burke (36 episodes, 1966-1969)
Series Film Editing by
Sherman Todd (34 episodes, 1965-1969)
Arthur Hilton (27 episodes, 1966-1969)
Desmond Marquette (25 episodes, 1966-1969)
Tom Rolf (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Sherman A. Rose (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Wollner (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Casting by
Robert Walker (60 episodes, 1965-1967)
Harvey Clermont (49 episodes, 1967-1969)
Betty Martin (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Art Direction by
Jack De Shields (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bill Ross (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Set Decoration by
Pierre Ludlum (111 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Makeup Department
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist (108 episodes, 1965-1969)
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist (60 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (51 episodes, 1967-1969)
Bertha French .... hair stylist (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Beau Hickman .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Management
Norman S. Powell .... production supervisor (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Don Torpin .... production manager (98 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bob White .... production manager (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob White .... assistant director (38 episodes, 1966-1969)
Edward Teets .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1966-1969)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mike Moder .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1966)
Jack Roe .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1966)
Martin Cohan .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound (108 episodes, 1965-1969)
Kay Rose .... sound effects (88 episodes, 1965-1969)
Mandine Rogne .... sound effects (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Dignan .... sound (3 episodes, 1966)
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... key grip (45 episodes, 1965-1966)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lloyd Ahern II .... assistant camera (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Jack Muhs .... costumes: Barbara Stanwyck (79 episodes, 1965-1968)
Series Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (77 episodes, 1965-1968)
Richard E. Reilly .... editorial administrator (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Music Department
Alfred Perry .... music supervisor (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Harry King .... music editor (110 episodes, 1965-1969)
George Duning .... composer: theme music (34 episodes, 1965-1968)
Al Friede .... music editor (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (1 episode, 1966)
Series Other crew
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to producer (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer (91 episodes, 1965-1969)
Tom Rolf .... production coordinator (82 episodes, 1966-1969)
Joe Mazzuca .... script supervisor (49 episodes, 1965-1967)
Penny Danz .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 1968-1969)
James Heinz .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1967)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (2 episodes, 1967-1968)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
60 min (112 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

This was the only western to be built around a strong, female lead character.See more »
Heath:Well its no pride I got in him for a daddy, but its a proud name, and I'm gonna wear it. And Boy Howdy! People are gonna look up to me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Busty Cops (2004) (V)See more »


How many episodes did each of the five main stars appear in?
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Barbara Stanwyck's Own Western, 27 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I just read a biography of Barbara Stanwyck and one thing that was made abundantly clear, the woman really liked westerns. She loved doing them from the earliest time in her career right up to her stint with The Big Valley. In fact one of the great disappointments in her life was not doing a film with John Wayne. Who knows why that didn't happen because the two of them were in sync politically.

But she did a bunch of them with co-stars like Joel McCrea, Ronald Reagan, Walter Huston, Barry Sullivan, Ray Milland, etc. So when it came time to choose a television project, Barbara went west.

The Big Valley cast her as Victoria Barkley, matriarch of the Barkley ranch with three sons and a daughter to hold the fort against all comers. The pilot of the show introduced her husband's illegitimate son into the household played by young Lee Majors. Her children were Richard Long, Peter Breck, Linda Evans, and Charles Briles.

Briles got dropped after eight episodes as the youngest, Eugene. They just sent him off to college in the east and he wasn't heard from again. Reading the IMDb notes on him, I find he got himself drafted. All I can say is BUMMER.

Richard Long as Jarrod was also college educated, an attorney, which was a good plot device allowing the show to get off the ranch and into town. Peter Breck was Nick, who was a tough son of a gun. I met Peter Breck a few years before The Big Valley. His family lived in Rochester, New York across from my grandparents house and he was visiting while starring in another shortlived series Black Saddle. My siblings and cousins got to meet him then. A very gracious and nice man.

Of course Linda Evans and Lee Majors both had really great careers after the show. Linda as Audra was a sweet and innocent child, not anything like Crystal Carrington. And Lee Majors got to be The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man after he was Heath Barkley. I would love to have that man's residuals.

Richard Long did Nanny and the Professor and tragically died right after the run of that show. He was always a player of great class and I enjoyed seeing him in anything he did.

The Barkleys ran into all manner of people and were constantly helping them out of their various predicaments. They were pretty rich of course, as rich as Bonanza's Cartwrights. But I really think they outdid themselves even more than Ben and his sons. Every episode seemed to end with some financial assistance to help somebody get on their feet. I'm surprised Jarrod didn't run for office with all those potential voters available.

With Lee Majors, Linda Evans, and Peter Breck still with us and even Charles Briles, I'm not sure why a Big Valley reunion hasn't been attempted. I'd like to see the Barkleys ride the range into the 20th century.

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