The Big Valley: Season 4, Episode 4

Run of the Cat (21 Oct. 1968)

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A bloodthirsty cougar is killing stock and mauls Nick.The Barkley's hire a professional to kill the cat but Nick can't resist the hunt.



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Episode cast overview:
Ed Tanner
John Milford ...
Tom Giles
Janis Hansen ...
Chinese Girl
Jon Lormer ...


A bloodthirsty cougar is killing stock and mauls Nick.The Barkley's hire a professional to kill the cat but Nick can't resist the hunt.

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21 October 1968 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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In the fight scene between Tanner and Giles, the faces of the stunt doubles can be very clearly seen on more than one occasion. See more »


Nick Barkley: That cat hit at me, and I'm gonna hit back!
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Someone tried to combine two poor scripts to make one show
15 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason this episode never did make for an interesting story once it was printed on film. The story may have been nice but the plot did not seem to go together between the cat attack and the gambling for a woman. It seemed like two poor scripts that was combined to try to make one interesting show. I think it failed.

During the first part of the show Nick and Heath are out looking for stolen cattle. Nick comes across what he thinks is a dead calf when a cougar attacks and mauls him. Right after the attack Nick goes into some type of shocking fit that was most unbecoming to the character of Nick Barkley.

The Barkleys then hire a professional hunter named Ed Tanner (Pernell Roberts) to find and kill the cougar. When Nick hears that a professional hunter has been hired he stumbles from his bedridden wounds and demands to travel with the hunter.

While searching for the cougar Nick falls off his horse making for more injuries. Ed takes Nick to a near shack so he can recover. Here is when the story gets off track. While Nick is sleeping Ed plays the owner of the shack for his so-called and mistreated wife. When Ed wins there is still hard feelings. A fight breaks out (with a very obvious stunt double for Pernell Roberts) until Ed is the last standing. But when Ed leaves the shack he again runs into the owner of the shack this time at the end of a rifle barrel. But thanks to a remarkable recovery by Nick, he intervenes and puts a end to the stand off.

Now back to the cougar where Nick again meets face to face with the large cat. Fighting his fears Nick does anything in his power to avoid a repeat of the earlier mauling.

Again this seemed like two different stories from two different scripts. Neither story play well. The only bright spot of the entire episode was the performance by Pernell Roberts. Other than Roberts there is not much remarkable about this episode.

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