The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 22

The Death Merchant (23 Feb. 1966)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Everyone except Heath extends a warm welcome to an aging cowboy who killed Tom Barkley's murderer-a result of the Barkley-Railroad War.The man it turns out is friend to no one,he enjoys ... See full summary »

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Everyone except Heath extends a warm welcome to an aging cowboy who killed Tom Barkley's murderer-a result of the Barkley-Railroad War.The man it turns out is friend to no one,he enjoys range wars and will sell his services as a killer to either side-and he's looking for work! Written by Anonymous

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a way-above-average episode
18 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few "good" episodes of what is basically a mediocre -- sometimes downright idiotic -- soap opera.

As a (unproduced) screenwriter, I am mightily impressed with Jay Simms' excellent script. There's an outstanding scene in which Royal Dano delivers a magnificent "verbal drubbing" that appears to capture the vocabulary and speech patterns of 19th-century Western language. Simms must have had direct contact with people who spoke this way. It's not something that can be learned from a Western-vocabulary book (of which I have a pile).

But the show is Whitmore's. His performance convinces us that Random really is an immoral, nutcase mercenary -- not just an actor spouting lines. This is one of the few "Big Valley" episodes worth watching (for something other than laughs).


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