The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Down Shadow Street 

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:
Heath Barkley
Audra Barkley
Victoria Barkley
Judge George Tyrone
Buddy Tyrone
Vic Perrin ...
Albert Pruitt
Dee J. Thompson ...
Miss Alice
Kam Tong ...
Wing Lee
Amzie Strickland ...
James Gavin ...
Sheriff Madden
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)


Aspect Ratio:

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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A Greek Tragedy
10 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm in full agreement with the other reviewers. This episode marks one of Barbara Stanwyck's best acting jobs in The Big Valley series. This one is the stuff Greek tragedies are made of.

Victoria Barkley has the misfortune to witness her godson Dan Ferrone murder JoAnn Pflug. Ferrone is the son of very rigid and righteous judge Robert Middleton who has a reputation for great moral rectitude.

Which goes out the window where family is concerned. The worst angels of his nature take charge when he hatches a scheme to kidnap Barbara Stanwyck before she's to testify at the coroner's inquest. After that he gets in deeper and deeper as Stanwyck is held at an insane asylum with a very bad reputation.

Stanwyck and Middleton dominate the story. But I also have to give some credit to Dee J. Thompson for playing a matron who makes nurse Ratched look like Mary Poppins. As an inmate Amzie Strickland has some great scenes as well.

The ending, you have to see if I'm not right about this being a Greek tragedy.

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