The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 7

Guilty (30 Oct. 1967)

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A recently convicted murderer escapes and returns to town. While he is cornered in the schoolhouse, Jarrod tries to help the man prove his innocence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Barkley (credit only)
Jeff Bowden
Robert Nichols ...
Sam Becker
Joyce Ebert ...
Mrs. Bowden
Frankie Kabott ...
Stevie Becker
Harlan Warde ...
Arthur Kleeber
Rhoda Williams ...
Mrs. Kleeber
Joe Higgins ...
The Baker
Melvin F. Allen ...
Marty (as Mel Allen)
Sheila Bromley ...
Mrs. Haley
John Harmon ...
Walt Tanner


A recently convicted murderer escapes and returns to town. While he is cornered in the schoolhouse, Jarrod tries to help the man prove his innocence.

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30 October 1967 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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In the schoolhouse, there are paper animals all over the walls, clearly attached with scotch tape, which wasn't invented until 1930. See more »

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Jarrod is haunted by a local conviction and tries to help
11 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Jarrod is distraught about a man, Jeff Bowden, he defended in court yet was convicted of killing a local priest. Jarrod has concerns about the witness's story and the verdict haunts him. But it just so happens that on Bowden's trip to prison, Bowden escapes and heads back to Stockton where his wife is due to have a baby.

In other character's situation, Audra is substituting for the local school-teacher and spends her days teaching the children. But it just so happens that Bowden takes refuge in the schoolhouse and holds Audra and the kids hostage as he thinks of a way to escape and see his wife.

Jarrod intervenes in the plight of the children and tries to get Bowden to lay eyes on his newborn son. But during the visit, Jarrod will learn that his feeling for the convicted man is misplaced.

Nothing really stand out about this episode but it did hold interest to the very end. The script was interesting since the episode ended in a manner that was unforeseen from what was expected. A nicely acted show that was a good and entertaining watch.

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