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"The Big Valley" The Guilt of Matt Bentell (1965)

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Original Air Date:
8 December 1965 (Season 1, Episode 13)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley

Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley

Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley

Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley

Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley

John Anderson ... Matt Bentell

Martine Bartlett ... Cinda Bentell

Morgan Woodward ... Aaron Condon
Charles Bail ... Donlan (as Chuck Bail)

Gene Dynarski ... Pollick
Paul Sorensen ... Strawboss
John F. Goff ... Morley (as John Goff)

Anthony Zerbe ... Gil Condon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Dunlop ... Logger (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... George (uncredited)
Tom McDonough ... Logger (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Lewis Allen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
A.I. Bezzerides  creator
Louis F. Edelman  creator
Paul Savage  written by

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Arnold Laven .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer
Lou Morheim .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf  (as Ernst R. Rolf)
Casting by
Robert Walker 
Art Direction by
Jack De Shields  (as Jack DeShields)
Bill Ross (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Pierre Ludlum 
Makeup Department
Sidney Perell .... makeup artist
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
Bertha French .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Norman S. Powell .... production supervisor
Don Torpin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty Moss .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mandine Rogne .... sound effects
Don Rush .... sound
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double
Chuck Couch .... stunt double: Richard Long (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Ahern II .... assistant camera
Nels Mathias .... key grip
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe
Jack Muhs .... costumes: Barbara Stanwyck
Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Harry King .... music editor
Alfred Perry .... music supervisor
Other crew
Marian Carpenter .... assistant to producer (as Marian Carter)
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to producer
Joe Mazzuca .... script supervisor (as Joseph Mazzuca)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
A.I. Bezzerides  creator
Louis F. Edelman  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: When the beams of the timbers are raised and temporarily secured in place for the logging sluice, the ends of the square beams are shown as freshly hewn wood colored beams. Moments later, as they fall, the same ends come crashing down in the same shot set-up: they have black paint marks on those ends.See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Mrs. Bentell's horrendous wig, 14 April 2010
Author: summerfields from United States

Is so painfully obvious here! It's a fairly engrossing episode. Heath letting Bentell have it right in the jaw whilst being 'introduced' in the Barkley living-room is fun.

The guy who played Matt Bentell (John Anderson, in a suitably boorish performance) will be curiously familiar to baby boomers: he sold Janet Leigh her used 'get-away' car in "Psycho".

"Show us what you inherited from your father: show us some of Tom Barkley's guts!" insists Vicki to our Heath (one of her signature lines in the show)

It's an okay episode: Matt Bentell was also Heath's Uncle Matt in "Boots with My Father's Name": nobody really cares about these minor 'goofs' faux pas, whatever.

The show is a winner.

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