The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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Caesar's Wife 

A neighbor's young, second wife is more romantically interested in her stepson than her husband. Her jealousy of Audra, the stepson's childhood sweetheart, leads to a shooting-and puts Audra in danger from the husband.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Harry Kronman, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley
Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley
Lee Majors ... Heath
Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley
Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
Dianne Foster ... Therese
Bert Freed ... Henry Marvin
Tim O'Kelly ... Will Marvin
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Bert Seeger
Michael Harris Michael Harris ... Sheriff
Pat Wilkins Pat Wilkins ... Bartender
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Storyline

A neighbor's young, second wife is more romantically interested in her stepson than her husband. Her jealousy of Audra, the stepson's childhood sweetheart, leads to a shooting-and puts Audra in danger from the husband.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Though they share no real screen time together in The Big Valley: Caesar's Wife (1966), other than Victoria standing over Therese's body, Barbara Stanwyck and Dianne Foster were previously cast together in The Violent Men (1955). In The Violent Men (1955) both their characters had significantly more screen time together. See more »

Goofs

In the house as Audra and Therese struggle for a gun, Audra yells for Will to come and help. Will is in the barn in front of the open fire next to the blacksmith's anvil. His shirt is completely unbuttoned and open when he begins running out of the barn. In the next shot of him running towards the house, his shirt is now buttoned closed. See more »

Quotes

Nick Barkley: You raise a colt, you teach it to carry a saddle. You raise a man, you teach him to carry a drink!
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Not a regular western type show.
29 March 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Maybe it was me, or perhaps this episode gave me the hebbie-jebbies but this story was rather odd for a western theme show. It's a Audra story so you know there is going to be eye-candy in this offering. But she is not the only woman featured as the love interest in this show which will lead to a rather uncomfortable topic.

Audra has a sweet-heart neighbor by the name of Will Marvin. Will Marvin is the step-son of Henry Marvin and his new wife Therese. Henry's wife died about a year ago and married Therese just recently. But the rub of the story is not only does Audra has the hots for Will Marvin but the step-mom likes the young man. And during a cat-fight at the Barkley's parlor room, a gun goes off and Therese is killed. And instead of telling the truth, two people get in more trouble by hiding the facts.

This really is not a poor episode but with the unusual topic this show was rather troubling. But the best thing about the program is that one of the parties died early in the show and afterwards the story was more interesting. Another weakness was the casting of Tim O'Kelly as the lead man. Yes, he was nice looking but his acting was rough and he appear to be over-his-head as the lead. Not one of the better scripts but worthy of a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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