The Big Valley: Season 1, Episode 20

Under a Dark Star (9 Feb. 1966)

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Pardoned after a long imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit,a man has Jarrod's help in adjusting to being free again. The man is hired to work at the ranch and after having doubt ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Keno Nash
Jack Follet
Richard O'Brien ...
Charles Francisco ...
Turpin (as Chuck Francisco)
Charles Bail ...
Catlin (as Chuck Bail)
K.T. Stevens ...
Robert Whaley ...
Warden (as Bert Whaley)
Jack Shea ...
Michael Harris ...
Charles Horvath ...


Pardoned after a long imprisonment for a crime he didn't commit,a man has Jarrod's help in adjusting to being free again. The man is hired to work at the ranch and after having doubt planted by one of the hands,his fear of returning to prison may lead to the death of the man who was the Prosecuting Attorney in the his case-Jarrod. Written by Anonymous

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9 February 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Jarrod's full name is Jarrod Thomas Barkley. See more »


After Jarrod is punched by a drunk Keno Nash and falls to the floor, Nick comes to his defense. He grabs Keno and gives him a right hook that misses by 6-12 inches. The two were lined up perpendicular to the shot & the miss was clearly visible. See more »

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Good script and fine acting makes for a good watch for viewers
9 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Jarrod is the prosecuting attorney that sends Keno Nash to prison all seems well. Nine years later, it is found out that Keno had no part in the crime and will be released from prison. This weighs heavily on Jarrod to the point of meeting Keno on his release and taking him back to the Barkley Ranch for a job. This will prove difficult as most in the Barkley family remember that Keno vowed to kill Jarrod if he was ever released from prison.

Keno will now have to fit back into society but it will be difficult as most people in Stockton know that he is a released prisoner. Some even refuse to work with him due to his past. And after a few situations at the Barkley Ranch, even most of the family is asking Jarrod to get rid of Keno before more problems or even death befall on the family.

It will come down to one situation where Keno has the life of Jarrod in his hands. He will either leave Jarrod dying or save his life. The decision will either be forgiveness or revenge for the act nine years ago.

With many moments in the show that are either tender or harsh, this episode is bound to be a nice show for viewers. A good script and fine acting- will cause this show to be remembered long after viewing.

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