The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 28

The Midas Man (13 Apr. 1966)

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Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land... See full summary »

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Audra falls for a shrewd financier who has come to the Valley to capitalize on a drought that has left most of the ranchers in need of loans.When he is about to foreclose and seize the land used as collateral,the ranchers blame the Barkley's-Audra offers herself as a "sacrifice" to hold off the financier. Written by Anonymous

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Victoria Barkley: One woman is rarely enough for a man like Scott Breckenridge. The need for conquest is too strong. They simply aren't the marrying kind.
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Nice mood to this episode
4 October 2011 | by (The Mists of Time) – See all my reviews

I like this tone to this episode of BIG VALLEY.

Directed by one of the producers (Arnold Laven) "The Midas Man" is a gentle, slightly haunted tale of a dashing -- if low key -- rapscallion of a guy, Scott Breckenridge, who comes to Stockton to take advantage of the valley's increasingly severe drought, with the intention of bilking vulnerable ranchers of their land.

Until he meets Audra, and the pair are smitten with one another -- only Audra is unaware of what mother Victoria and brother Jarrod very much are: Scott is a serial womanizer and a Man of the World not to be entirely trusted.

In the end, both Audra and Scott leave an indelible impression on one another.

This installment nicely reflects the early potential of THE BIG VALLEY series: the direction is solid -- a little cinematic, the writing fairly smart for the time, and the effect is rather quietly poignant...

I kind of wish the show had maintained this feel a bit longer and more consistently, instead of quickly becoming by rote and eventually a tad schlocky.


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