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
Tom Giles
Janis Hansen ...
Chinese Girl


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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Did You Know?


Featured in this episode is Pernell Roberts who left "Bonanza" three years earlier, supposedly to find roles more challenging... than a cowboy. See more »


In the fight scene between Tanner and Giles, the faces of the stunt doubles can be very clearly seen on more than one occasion. This is especially noticeable with the stuntman for Giles; Giles was clean-shaven, whereas his stunt double had noticeable facial hair. See more »


Nick Barkley: That cat hit at me, and I'm gonna hit back!
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One Hardy Man
3 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of The Big Valley belongs to Peter Breck. There's a mountain lion in the area who is feasting on Barkley cattle and Peter Breck has one nasty encounter with him. That would shake up just about anyone who survived and even someone as tough as Nick Barkley, but even Peter Breck is hardly 100% physically and mentally he's having understandable issues.

Which is why his brother Richard Long has hired a professional hunter played by Pernell Roberts to get the cat. But Breck claims him for his own and no one is going to stop him.

Roberts and Breck have some interesting rivalry brought out by the dialog between them. In between his days in the office which he considers his hunts Roberts takes his pleasures where he finds them, be it wine, women, or song, especially women.

I do agree with the other reviewer here though, Nick Barkley is a tough man, but no one on planet earth could make the remarkable recovery he does.

For fans of Peter Breck and Pernell Roberts.

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