The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 11

The Iron Box (28 Nov. 1966)

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Nick and Heath, on their way home with a prize bull, are accused of stealing the animal and are sentenced to a brutal work camp - without a trial.

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Victoria Barkley (credit only)
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Captain Jonathan Rizely
Frank Marth ...
Sheriff Barnes
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Peterson
Walter Woolf King ...
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Lobo Brown
Michael Fox ...
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Nick and Heath, on their way home with a prize bull, are accused of stealing the animal and are sentenced to a brutal work camp - without a trial.

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Captain Jonathan Rizely: A prison is the final reservoir for the scum of this world.
Heath Barkley: And yourself included?
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Entertaining but a bit too sanitized
11 July 2011 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Having its hero falsely arrested and sentenced to do hard-labor constituted one of the TV western's reliable story lines. (One of the earliest and also one of the best of such episodes, "The Trap," aired on ABC's "Cheyenne" on Dec. 18, 1956.) In "The Iron Box," we have two such heroes suffering this fate -- Peter Breck and Lee Majors. As well as the usual "forced-labor" angle, this episode also throws in a heavy dose of sadomasochism, all of it involving the Lee Majors character. His leg is burned when he's pushed into a campfire, he's tied up and flogged, and he's locked into a metal sweat-box where he's tormented by heat and thirst. However, there's a restrained, almost polite air about this episode which keeps it from being memorable. The prison-camp looks too much like a back-lot set, the prisoners never seem to get very dirty, and the punishments lack the necessary blood and sweat. What's more, the episode misses the obvious opportunities for "beefcake." Surprisingly, Lee Majors' shirt isn't even removed for his flogging, even though he willingly showed off his attractive torso in his two other "Big Valley" floggings. Nor is he bare-chested in his sweat-box scenes. Such modesty makes the hard-labor prison look almost like a summer church-camp.


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