From the town of Sandhill, Victoria along with an alcoholic and cynical hunter search the desert for an Indian brave infected with measles. The Indian does not believe the White Man's ... See full summary »

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Jarrod Barkley
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Heath Barkley
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Audra Barkley
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Victoria Barkley
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Simon Carter
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From the town of Sandhill, Victoria along with an alcoholic and cynical hunter search the desert for an Indian brave infected with measles. The Indian does not believe the White Man's medicine can save him-only the Medicine Man at the camp of his father, the Chief. The disease could wipe out the entire tribe. Written by Anonymous

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The germs of the old world
17 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

This particular episode of The Big Valley touches on what really did in the red race, it's lack of immunity from diseases of the eastern hemisphere. Once Christopher Columbus and all that followed him brought the germs of the old world the Indian population declined at a rapid pace before a treaty was ever broken or any arms were taken up by either side.

By the 19th century Indians were still subject to even measles which we think as an annoying childhood ailment could ravage a tribe. That is why Padre Malachi Throne is desperately trying to prevent Makee Blaisdell from returning to his Paiute village from his mission. But he only knows from the medicine man's practice.

A concerned Victoria Barkley delivers her annual contribution of medicine to Throne's mission finds a sick padre himself and goes after Blaisdell with the help of her driver, a drunken dissolute James Gregory. Stanwyck's scenes with Gregory are the highlight of the show as Gregory turns out to be one reluctant Samaritan.

Gregory and Stanwyck are something to see.


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