The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Guilt of Matt Bentell 

Heath lashes out at the Barkleys' new timber camp foreman, who was the sadistic commandant of the Confederate prison camp where Heath was held. The timber crew also resent the foreman - especially two brothers sworn to kill him.

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... Jarrod Barkley
... Nick Barkley
... Heath
... Audra Barkley
... Victoria Barkley (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
... Matt Bentell
... Cinda
... Aaron Condon
Charles Bail ... Donlon (as Chuck Bail)
... Pollick
Paul Sorensen ... Strawboss
John F. Goff ... Morley (as John Goff)
... Gil Condon
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Heath lashes out at the Barkleys' new timber camp foreman, who was the sadistic commandant of the Confederate prison camp where Heath was held. The timber crew also resent the foreman - especially two brothers sworn to kill him.

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8 December 1965 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When the beams of the timbers are raised and temporarily secured in place for the logging sluice, the ends of the square beams are shown as freshly hewn wood colored beams. Moments later, as they fall, the same ends come crashing down in the same shot set-up: they have black paint marks on those ends. See more »

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Unwanted blast from the past
22 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

As this Big Valley episode opens Victoria Barkley and her sons are getting a report from the foreman of the lumber mill John Anderson. But when Lee Majors arrives he starts beating up on Anderson. It turns out that Anderson was a notorious commandant of a prisoner of war camp where Heath spent some time. This was a place where the prisoners were starving toward the end of the Civil War as the Confederacy had no provisions to feed their own let alone prisoners. The famous scandal at Andersonville and Libby prisons was proof enough of that.

I have to say that Barbara Stanwyck asked something completely unreasonable of Lee Majors, that he should forget what happened in the past and concentrate on the present. I think most viewers then and now would agree with me.

Turns out there are others who have no fond memories of that prison nor of Anderson. That's where he has his real problems.

Not one of the better Bif Valley episodes.


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