The Big Valley (1965–1969)
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The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner 

The arrival of an old friend of Victoria and Tom's causes trouble in the Valley, due to the man's claim on a plot of land which has been earmarked as the location of a new dam.


Arnold Laven


Paul Savage, A.I. Bezzerides (creator) | 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)
Arthur O'Connell ... Jubal
Jason Evers ... Colter
Sheldon Collins ... Chad (as Sheldon Golomb)
Mort Mills ... Sheriff
Ken Mayer ... Crowell
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Dutton (as K. L. Smith)
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Chairman (as Tom Browne Henry)
Harlan Warde ... Finletter
Richard Farnsworth ... Bolin (as Dick Farnsworth)
Larry Doyle Larry Doyle ... Man


After 30 years a man comes back to the Valley to claim land promised to him by the late Tom Barkley. The land is now the site of a proposed dam that will benefit the community. The Barkleys argue among themselves and with the local landowners about whether the man is entitled to stay. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Arthur O'Connell receives 'Guest Star' credit. See more »

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Redeeming a doubt
12 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Arthur O'Connell guest stars on this Big Valley story as an old friend of Tom&Victoria Barkley who comes to collect on a promise. Back in the day if O'Connell comes up with the price there's a piece of Barkley land that the patriarch promised him. Now over 20 years later O'Connell is back and Barbara Stanwyck makes good on the pledge. She feels she has to and in a most touching scene with Richard Long she tells us why.

The problem is that the land was also going to be used as the site of a new dam which will benefit a lot of people. The Barkleys who are like the Cartwrights in their bailiwick get very unpopular. But that's nothing to how the people of Stockton feel about O'Connell who has his young grandson with him.

It all ends badly, but there are some touching scenes with O'Connell and his grandson Sheldon Golomb. Young Golomb bonds with Lee Majors who also had a hardscrabble life in a mining community as a kid.

This Big Valley episode is a bittersweet tale.

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