The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 27

The River Monarch (6 Apr. 1966)

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A Barkley riverboat,sunk years before with a fortune in Civil War era government gold aboard is located-but there's no trace of the gold.A group of Confederate symphatizers or Tom Barkley ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Chips Rafferty ...
Katherine Justice ...
Melanie De Land
Curt Conway ...
Cyrus DeLand
J.P. Burns ...
Anson Gregory
Napoleon Whiting ...
Sam Jarvis ...
Sam Porter
Charles Land ...
Mark Levy ...
The Boy
John Rayner ...
Peter Doolin


A Barkley riverboat,sunk years before with a fortune in Civil War era government gold aboard is located-but there's no trace of the gold.A group of Confederate symphatizers or Tom Barkley himself may have caused the explosion which sank the ship-the lure of gold may even extend to Nick's old commanding officer who is assigned to investigate. Written by Anonymous

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Nick Barkley being Nick Barkley so you know it full of action
20 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anytime you have Nick being shot twice in one episode you know you are in for an action packed show. And this story provides everything that you want from a Nick Barkley featured show.

When a small boy accidentally hooks a piece of a sunk Barkley ship it starts a chain of events that are very favorable to the Barkley clan. Seemed that years ago the ship was carrying a large amount of gold for the government and blew up on the river. Since only one person survived the explosion the exact location of the sunken riverboat was unknown.

Now as they recover the boxes that was to contained gold bars- they instead find worthless lead bars. It is believed someone stole the gold and sank the riverboat on purpose to cover up the crime. And all the talk is that Tom Barkley (the dead father of the clan) was the one that stole the gold.

The US army sends an old friend of Nicks named Jock in investigate the missing gold bars. With the Barkley's giving him room and board it becomes awkward when evidence points to Tom for the theft. And to make matter even worse, Jock is not really the true friend that Nick believes.

Throw in some confederate sympathizers and a women Nick has feeling for- and you have an episode that is full as a barrel-of-monkeys. By the end of the show Nick has been shot twice and 'shot-at' five or six times. Needless to say this episode should have be title "The Nick Barkley Show". But with all the action it was still a good story for the viewer.

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