Victoria has key testimony to offer at a murder trial.A unethical judge with a conflict of interest in the case has her confined to a grisly madhouse.Jarrod and Nick desperately launch a search to find her.



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Episode cast overview:
Judge George Tyrone
Buddy Tyrone
Vic Perrin ...
Albert Pruitt
Dee J. Thompson ...
Miss Alice
Kam Tong ...
Wing Lee
Amzie Strickland ...
James Gavin ...
Sam Reese ...
Ollie Patten
Ruthie Murphy (as Joann Pflug)
Stagecoach Driver


Victoria sees her own godson kill a woman. At the urging of his servant (and against the wishes of the boy himself), the boy's father, a judge and longtime friend of Victoria's, has her confined to an insane asylum. Jarrod, Nick, and the boy desperately launch a search to find her. Written by rbecker28

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Release Date:

23 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Nick Barkley: What, me pick up a check for a prosperous lawyer? I wouldn't humiliate you!
Jarrod Barkley: I wouldn't dream of denying you the opportunity!
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One of the best episodes in the entire collection.
19 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this exceptional episode, Barbara Stanwyck gives a performance that rivals any that she made in her career. She makes this episode one of my favorites in all the entire run of the series.

When Victoria witnesses a murder of a young saloon girl. She also witnesses the killer that just happens to be her god-son, and the local Judge's son, Buddy Tyrone. The Judge does not want to believe Victoria and will do anything to keep his son from hanging.

When the Judge finds out the truth about the murder he finds a way to place Victoria in a ruthless mental hospital. As the inquest nears, no one has heard a word from Victoria. The Judge's son can escape the charges if Victoria does not testify. But the Judge will find out that his actions will be just as deadly as murder.

There are many good details about this episode. From the acting to the casting- this episode was at the top of the game. One of the best of 'The Big Valley' episodes in the series.

NOTE- you will notice that the mental hospital looks very much like the Barkley house. All the exterior filming of the Barkley House was done in season one. This season two episode shows the house after some wear and make-up.

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