The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 13

The Guilt of Matt Bentell (8 Dec. 1965)

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Heath lashes out at the Barkleys' new timber camp foreman, who was the sadistic commandant of the Confederate prison camp where Heath was held. The timber crew also resent the foreman - especially two brothers sworn to kill him.

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Matt Bentell
Martine Bartlett ...
Cinda Bentell
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Aaron Condon
Charles Bail ...
Donlan (as Chuck Bail)
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Heath lashes out at the Barkleys' new timber camp foreman, who was the sadistic commandant of the Confederate prison camp where Heath was held. The timber crew also resent the foreman - especially two brothers sworn to kill him.

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After the timber is felled and made into square beams for the logging sluice, the supposedly solid beams and seen on the ground being finished. The ends of several beams are shown to be pieces of probably one inch thick boards nailed together to form a box shaped beam look - the edges are obvious. This is seen again when the assembled sluice falls down. See more »

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Perfectly cast episode that was a interesting watch
11 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins as the foreman of the Barkley's logging company is welcomed at their home. When Heath is introduced to the foreman he welcomes him with a right cross to the jaw. Heath remembers the man as Matt Bentell the commander of a confederate prisoner of war camp in New Mexico. Seems Bentell ran a camp where prisoners will subjected to inhumane experiences.

Even with that information the rest of the Barkley clan, other than Heath, is willing to forgive. Heath, a prisoner at the camp, states that if he ever saw Bentell again he would kill him. This does not set too well with Victoria- she gives Heath a scolding that finally turns his attitude.

Victoria decides to send Heath with Bentell to the logging camp. She believes that once he gets to know him perhaps the hatred will vanish. So Heath and Bentell set off for the logging camp up in the mountains.

When the word get out that the infamous Bentell is working at the logging area it brings out others that want to see him dead. Heath is now placed as the middle-man between people wanting revenge and Bentell.

John Anderson, as Matt Bentell, was a perfect cast. He was good as the former POW Commander that now has to face his past. Martine Bartlett and Morgan Woodward also did a good job on this show.

Very entertaining episode.


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