The Big Valley: Season 4, Episode 17

Lightfoot (17 Feb. 1969)

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Despite being college educated,a Modoc Indian is given to angry outbursts as he imagines prejudice from any action of white people.With the whole town against the tribesman,Jarrod acts as ... See full summary »

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Heath Barkley (credit only)
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Tom Lightfoot
Amy Thomson ...
Lil Bailey
Harry Lauter ...
Ben Watson
Walter Coy ...
District Attorney
Dan Kemp ...
Clem Watson
Bill Catching ...
Calvin
Bill Quinn ...
Walter
Peter Brocco ...
Judge
Harry Swoger ...
Murphy
Pete Kellett ...
Benton
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Despite being college educated,a Modoc Indian is given to angry outbursts as he imagines prejudice from any action of white people.With the whole town against the tribesman,Jarrod acts as his lawyer when he is accused of murdering a white man who had heckled him. Written by Anonymous

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Lightfoot returns to Stockton but with a changed attitude
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Don Baker plays an Modoc Indian named Lightfoot that grew up in Stockton and now has graduated from Harvard Law School and is returning back home. However upon his return his attitude has changed. He is now a bitter person that is mad at all white men mainly because the California Legislature turned down a bill that would return stolen land to the Modoc Indians.

Two brothers, Ben and Clem Watson, is not helping matters. They set up Lightfoot for a fight after being false accused of inappropriate comments to a white lady. When the fight was broken up by Sheriff Madden, Lightfoot vowed to kill the Watson brothers.

The next scene show some conflict inside a barn then the picture pans down to show Clem Watson dead. Lightfoot is arrest and charged with murder after two suspicious witnesses agree to testify.

In court Lightfoot does not help his case when he says that he wants to kill all white men including the people on the jury. This sets the town ablaze with the hatred for Lightfoot and also Jarrod for defending Lightfoot. And when he escapes from jail the town forms a posse to bring him in.

For an episode that has a very predictable script, the show seemed to play out well. There is plenty of hatred in Stockton but by the end all appeared to be forgiven. Not really the best acted program but one people will remember for many years to come.


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