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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Episode cast overview:
Victoria Barkley (credit only)
Captain Jonathan Rizely
Frank Marth ...
Sheriff Barnes
Walter Woolf King ...
Lobo Brown
Michael Fox ...
Joe Ferrante ...
Walter Burke ...
Young Billy


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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28 November 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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This features the second whipping Lee Majors suffers in "The Big Valley." The first occurred in "Legend of a General - Part 1" and the third will occur in "Journey Into Violence." See more »


Captain Jonathan Rizely: Five-nine-seven has been found guilty of a breach of conduct. Direct your attention to the administering of punishment.
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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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