The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Court Martial 

A retired Civil War era Union general is tried for war crimes by ex-Confederates at the Barkley ranch while the family is held captive.

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Jarrod Barkley
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Nick Barkley
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Heath Barkley
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Audra Barkley
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Victoria Barkley
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General Alderson
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Curtis
Alan Bergmann ...
Macklin
David Renard ...
Boreau
Paul Comi ...
Donnelly
Clay Tanner ...
Tanner
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Silas
Mike De Anda ...
Diego (as Mike DeAnda)
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A retired Civil War era Union general is tried for war crimes by ex-Confederates at the Barkley ranch while the family is held captive.

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6 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Nick and Heath arrive home at the beginning Nick removes his hat before he opens the front door and then removes it again after he enters the house. See more »

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a rare "really good" BV episode
4 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

This episode has two -- count 'em, two -- surprise revelations at the end. I won't reveal them. Be cautious about reading other reviews.

Though I've poked merciless and well-deserved fun at "The Big Valley", I have to admit it got better as went along. (Which makes one wonder why there so many awful -- and I mean really awful -- episodes in the first two years.) This is an exceptionally good episode.

In retrospect, the court-martial of Nick Barkley and his commanding officer (Henry Jones) for the murder of civilians seems to be a comment on the My Lai massacre -- yet it was made a year prior.

Though the story itself is clever and entertaining, the main reason for watching is Henry Jones' performance. Jones is one of the all-time-great character actors. He's best-known for ironic/sardonic roles (the coroner in "Psycho", the handyman in "The Bad Seed"). Here he plays a straight dramatic role. His casting is spot-on, as a lesser actor wouldn't have been convincing.

One of the few "Big Valley"s actually worth watching.


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