The Big Valley: Season 2, Episode 26

Turn of a Card (20 Mar. 1967)

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A professional card player finds out that Heath is carrying $5000 to a Barkley mine.The gambler even stoops to using a girl he "owns" in trying to strip Heath of the money.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Audra Barkley (credit only)
Joseph Campanella ...
Spider Martinson
Don Chastain ...
Emmanuelle Arsan ...
Tiare (as Marayat Andriane)
Joe Higgins ...
Piper Morrissey
Mickey Simpson ...
Matt Beemer
Paul Sorensen ...
Harlan Warde ...
Jack Carpenter
Joe Garrett
Roberto Contreras ...


A professional card player finds out that Heath is carrying $5000 to a Barkley mine.The gambler even stoops to using a girl he "owns" in trying to strip Heath of the money.

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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This episode seemed slow in delivery
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a few solids shows- this episode seemed almost slow as we see Heath bring $5000 to a government sale and is followed by a gambler that is determined to take the money before Heath can make the delivery. The gambler does not want to steal the money but play cards so that he can win lawfully.

The gambler has an Asian-Pacific women, Tiare, that travels with him. He tells Heath that he bought her and she is his property. This does not sit well with Heath when he sees the gambler abusing her. So Heath wants to find a way to free Tiare and send her back to the island that she longs to return.

The only way that the gambler will set her free is if Heath will gamble the $5000 in a card game. And for some reason, Heath takes the money that was to be delivered ASAP -and quietly sits down and plays poker with the gambler.

And as predictable as sunrise, Heath loses nearly all the money before making one of the most famous comebacks in 'Big Valley' history. Heath may win her freedom or perhaps a different side of Tiare will come to light. Either way Heath finally makes his way to the government auction just in the Nick (no pun) of time.

For whatever reason, this episode seemed slow as Heath made a long treacherous journey by train, stagecoach and foot. Early in the show the plot was set and it was just how much time it would before the card game started- so there was little excitement in this expected episode. A nice show but not the high quality seen in the past.

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