A powerful earthquake strikes the Valley, leaving Victoria trapped underground with a disgruntled ex-Barkley ranch hand and a young pregnant Native American girl.


Paul Henreid


Oliver Crawford, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) (as A. I. Bezzerides) | 1 more credit »

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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)
Charles Bronson ... Tate
Aliza Gur ... Naomi (as Alizia Gur)
Audrey Dalton ... Ann
Robert B. Williams ... Joel
William Fawcett ... Jeb
Robert Karnes ... Padre
Mort Mills ... Sheriff
John Craven ... Doctor
Wesley Lau ... Ralph Snyder


Victoria, a surly ex-Barkley ranch hand, and a pregnant Native American girl fight to survive when an earthquake traps them in a church cellar. When it is discovered that the cellar may connect to tunnels from a closed-up Barkley gold mine, not all the searchers really want the rescue to succeed. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »


Featured in Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) See more »

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Off the wall ending
17 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It's sad that a powerful performance by Barbara Stanwyck has to wasted in a story that is completely spoiled by a rotten and incredible ending. She's in quite a pickle but Victoria Barkley is one strong willed woman who will survive any way she can.

She's in a church when an earthquake strikes and she's buried in the church cellar with a former Barkley ranch hand who likes to drink too much and a pregnant Modoc Indian girl who's very very due. Charles Bronson is the former Barkley employee who doesn't relish being trapped with the Barkley matriarch and Alizia Kar is the pregnant woman.

The church was built on top of old mine tunnels and the three look for a way out. There's some crackling dialog with Stanwyck and Bronson who I believe never worked together on the big screen. Kar is a truly sad figure who was impregnated by a frequent white visitor to her reservation.

I can't say more, but trust me the ending is ridiculous. And I guess I can say Stanwyck survives for more episodes of The Big Valley.

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