The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Fall of a Hero 

A man is dead after having a disagreement with Heath,who cannot remember what happened. Despite being on trial for his life, Heath seeks with Jarrod's help to find the truth.

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Jarrod Barkley
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Nick Barkley
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Heath Barkley
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Audra Barkley (credit only)
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Victoria Barkley
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Nathan Springer
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Gus Vandiver
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T. J. Dyce
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Doc Tully
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Daniel Mannis
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Charley White Horse
Warren Vanders ...
Parker Atlas
Harlan Warde ...
Judge Lansbury
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Pete McGinn
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Florence Bacon
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A man is dead after having a disagreement with Heath,who cannot remember what happened. Despite being on trial for his life, Heath seeks with Jarrod's help to find the truth.

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5 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Anderson (Nathan Springer) would later play Oscar Goldman to Lee Majors' Steve Austin in the Six Million Dollar Man. See more »

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A woman is being questioned during jury selection. It would have been highly unusual for a woman to serve on a jury in California in the 1870s. Although California women were given the right to vote in 1911 and did serve on some juries at that point, it was not until 1917 that a law was enacted in California allowing women to serve on juries. See more »

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Everybody wants a piece of a Barkley
25 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

A whole lot of familiar character players populate the cast in this Big Valley episode where Lee Majors goes on trial for murder. Of course it's Richard Long who gets him off to be back for the next show.

Back when he was not known to the rest of the Barkleys Lee Majors served in the Civil War with Rafael Campos who was a scout for his regiment. In one action he smelled out an ambush and saved a lot of lives. Now he's just another drunken Indian performing for the amusement of saloon louts like Dub Taylor, L.Q. Jones and Warren Vanders.

After Campos dies in a fall from attempting a stunt, Majors goes after those three, but gets a whack on the head and doesn't remember how Vanders got dead and his weapon fired.

Like the Cartwrights the Barkleys are big fish. Dennis Patrick comes in to prosecute Majors and a high priced defense attorney Richard Anderson offers his assistance to Long. Neither are shining examples of the legal profession.

A really superb cast is the reason to see this episode. But it's not the best Big Valley story and Lee Majors gets off via a very convenient ploy.


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