The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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In the town of Lonesome Camp, the Barkleys' investment in a mine is threatened when labor unrest leads to a violent strike. Heath looks into the situation and, due to promises made by the ... See full summary »

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Jarrod Barkley
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Nick Barkley
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Audra Barkley
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Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
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Dion O'Doul
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Colin Murdoch
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Paddy the Ghoul
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Samuel Hummel
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Newton
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Tim Hanrahan
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Jack Tolliver
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Crone
Richard O'Brien ...
Bryce
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In the town of Lonesome Camp, the Barkleys' investment in a mine is threatened when labor unrest leads to a violent strike. Heath looks into the situation and, due to promises made by the late Tom Barkley years before, the Barkleys decide to fight for control of the mine in order to settle the dispute. Written by Anonymous

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20 October 1965 (USA)  »

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The Lonesome Camp saloon is the same set as the Long Branch Saloon in the series Gunsmoke. See more »

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A riot occurs at a Barkley-Sierra mine
6 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

A nasty violent strike comes upon a mine that is partially owned by the Barkley family. Heath is sent to the town to find out the true reason(s) for the riots. Since Heath had worked in a mine, he would have the best knowledge of the strikers intentions.

When Heath arrives at the town there is a marked cause for concern. The reason for the strike is that wages have been cut and updating living standards have not been met. This was against what Tom Barkley had promised the workers years ago. And with the plan to bring in Chinese workers the men resort to violence.

Upon returning from the mine, Heath meets the family and advises that fault lies with Tom Barkley's broken promises. This angers Victoria as she gives her own speech with the picture of Tom Barkley in the background.

When murder happens at the mine- the Barkley family knows something has to be done. But in order for changes to happen- they first must get control of stockholders.

This episode kept the viewer interested the entire running time. But there was some raw acting in this show. Lee Majors gives a six paragraph speech in the middle of the episode which proved that he was a novice actor. He was at his height of handsomeness but his acting had a lot to be desired. Thanks goodness that Barbara Stanwyck delivered the next few lines because we went from raw to perfection with her acting ability.


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