The Big Valley: Season 3, Episode 5

Night in a Small Town (9 Oct. 1967)

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While traveling, Heath and Victoria stop in a town that has an overly righteous Sheriff. They find his "devotion to duty" does not include leaving a saloon girl alone.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jarrod Barkley (credit only)
Tom Wills
Douglas Lambert ...
Lou Farrell
Amos Farrell
Doc Moody
Claudia Bryar ...
John J. Fox ...
Walker Edmiston ...
Store Clerk (as Walter Edmiston)
Chuck Roberson ...
Stagecoach Driver
Jim Galante ...
First Boy


While traveling, Heath and Victoria stop in a town that has an overly righteous Sheriff. They find his "devotion to duty" does not include leaving a saloon girl alone.

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James Whitmore is good as the iron-fist Marshall.
23 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode Heath, Audra and Ms Barley are traveling by stage-coach to Arizona. On the way they pick up a saloon type woman-of-the-night that is being forced out of a community by local women.

Anyway for the night they pull into a town that is run by Marshall Tom Wills (James Whitmore) who happens to be an old friend of Heath. The problem is that he runs the town with an iron fist. It is his way or the highway. And he wants no loose women in his town. And makes it clear she is not welcomed.

As the story goes on we find that Marshall Wills is not mentally fit to be a law-man. By his actions we find out that he cares not for people in his town and only wants to rule by force. It goes from bad to worse when he tries to force himself on the saloon woman.

So it comes down to Heath trying to rid the town of his disturbed old friend.

There is some good acting in this episode. Susan Strasberg that plays Sally, the loose women, does a good job of making us feel for her situation. And James Whitmore is great as the Marshall Wills. He starts off as a good character and slowly changes into the villain step-by-step until even the viewer knows he must go.

Good episode to watch.

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