The Big Valley (1965-1969)

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    • The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      THE BIG VALLEY

      LEVEE-GARDNER-LAVEN PRODUCTIONS/ ABC TELEVISION


      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Victoria Barkley heads her adult brood on the Barkley Ranch
      in California's San Joaquin Valley, near Stockton, in the 1870s.
      Heath is the illegitimate son of Victoria's husband Tom
      (who is dead at the time of the series).
      Bank robbers, horse thieves, revolutionaries and land grabbers keep the Barkley's hopping.
      Written by Ed Stephan

      Series Cast
      Richard Long ... Jarrod Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Peter Breck ... Nick Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Lee Majors ... Heath Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Linda Evans ... Audra Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Barbara Stanwyck ... Victoria Barkley (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Napoleon Whiting ... Silas (36 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Douglas Kennedy ... Sheriff Fred Madden / ... (23 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Harlan Warde ... Arthur Kleeber / ... (11 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Paul Sorensen ... Blacksmith / ... (11 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Harry Swoger ... Bartender / ... (10 episodes, 1965-1969)

      and others including some of Duke's 'Pals'
      Coleen Dewhurst, Bruce Dern,
      Karl Swenson, Paul Fix,
      William Fawcett, Strother Martin,
      Chuck Roberson, John Carradine,
      Ron Howard, Dennis Hopper,
      Katharine Ross, George Kennedy,
      Dub Taylor

      The Big Valley was well-known
      for the showing of many guest stars.
      Among others:
      * Julie Adams* Jack Albertson
      * Claude Akins * Chris Alcaide
      * John Anderson * Richard Anderson
      * R. G. Armstrong * Lew Ayres
      * Diane Baker * Joe Don Baker
      * Anne Baxter * Milton Berle
      * Charles Bronson * Michael Burns
      * Conlan Carter * Kelly Corcoran
      * Noreen Corcora * Dennis Cross
      * Royal Dano * Bradford Dillman
      * Richard Dreyfuss * Maurice Evans
      * Harold Gould * Robert Goulet
      * Lee Grant * James Gregory
      * Steve Ihnat * Russell Johnson
      * I. Stanford Jolley * L.Q. Jones
      * Robert Karnes * Martin Landau
      * Cloris Leachman * Flip Mark
      * Read Morgan * Leslie Nielsen
      * Kathleen Nolan * Warren Oates
      * Susan Oliver * Gregg Palmer
      * Regis Philbin * John M. Pickard
      * Stephanie Powers * Lou Rawls
      * Wayne Rogers * Jill St. John
      * William Shatner * Susan Strasberg
      * Adam West * Robert Walker Jr.
      * James Whitmore * Morgan Woodward
      * Anthony Zerbe

      Series Directed
      Virgil W. Vogel (48 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Bernard McEveety (11 episodes, 1965-1968)
      and many others..

      Series Produced
      Arthur Gardner .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes)
      Arnold Laven .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes)
      Jules V. Levy .... producer / executive producer (112 episodes)
      Lou Morheim .... associate producer / producer (112 episodes)

      Series Writing Credits
      A.I. Bezzerides (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      Louis F. Edelman (112 episodes, 1965-1969)
      and many others...

      Series Original Music
      Lalo Schifrin (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
      Elmer Bernstein (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
      George Duning (21 episodes, 1965-1967)
      and others...

      Filming Locations
      CBS Studio Center - Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Golden Oak Ranch - 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA
      Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Sonora, California, USA
      Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park -Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classiv TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      The Big Valley is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969.
      The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy nineteenth century California rancher.
      It was created by A.I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman, and produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven for Four Star Television.

      This hugely successful series, was a joy to watch.
      It was well cast, well directed and had great music,
      scored by some of the finest.
      Linda Evans, apart from being just stunning, was superb.
      Barbara Stanwyck so credible as a 'female' Ben Cartwright!
      Richard Long, Peter Breck, and Lee Majors
      who was to go on to even bigger things
      were all credible in their parts.
      Boy Howdy!!, 12 February 2003
      Author: heathnick69
      I am really greatly relieved knowing that I am not alone in being
      a huge fan of this great series!!
      There was just something about this show as a whole which really appealed to me
      - in a big way. I loved all the Barkley characters.
      Victoria was played to perfection by Stanwyck.
      The widow Barkley was a curious but convincing mixture
      of gracious elegance and guts:
      her Victoria Barkley is practically a cult figure
      of female characters of the Western genre.
      Richard Long was genuinely likeable as the level-headed eldest son,
      Jarrod, who provided a nice balance between the tough,
      egotistical Nick and the more sensitive half-brother Heath.
      Linda Evans was astonishingly beautiful as Audra
      (she alone kept many male baby boomers tuned in!).
      But there was so much else "right" with this show
      - artificial though it may have looked to those critical of Stanwyck
      being "Ben Cartwright in a skirt"
      . The storylines were well-written & original and the shows
      were well-directed and well-acted.
      Most every episode was colourful, tasteful, upright & moral
      - but rarely dull, somehow: there was a larger-than-life quality to the series
      which appealed to its particular fans: the colour is beautiful to look at,
      and the score by George Duning is beautiful to hear.
      The series boasted many interesting guest stars:
      Julie Harris, Cloris Leachman, Colleen Dewhurst among many others.
      An embarrassing confession: as a kid, Heath Barkley was my sole hero:
      I thought Lee Major's playing of the half-breed illegitimate son of Tom Barkley
      was really inspired.
      Majors made Heath a really likeable character.
      Although Majors did many more successful TV roles, i
      t is for his playing of Heath Barkley that I most fondly identify him with to this day.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classiv TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      and notably-
      Warren Oates, Bradford Dillman,
      Pernell Roberts,Dennis Hopper


      And don't forget Charles Bronson. He did an episode where he was trapped in a mine after an earthquake with Victoria Barkley.

      I loved this show back in the day. I have caught a few episodes over on Hulu lately. And Linda Evens was stunning and easy on the eyes. :wink:
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Classiv TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      what a great series the big valley is.great cast and great guess stars.my favourite cast member is lee majors.i saw the series when i was 10 years old and it just blew me away.
      bararbara stanwyck is just brill.she's my favourite actress.now there making a film version with susan sarandon in talks to take the sanwyck role.
    • Re: Classiv TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      dukefan1 wrote:

      And don't forget Charles Bronson. He did an episode where he was trapped in a mine after an earthquake with Victoria Barkley.

      Stangely Mark, IMDb didn't list anyone with just one appearance ,
      bur I have now included the Wikipedia guest list into the opening thread.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      It was a great cast. Of course, Barbara Stanwyck was a major superstar. I had already heard of Richard Long from his Nanny And The Professor show and he also starred in one of the Warner Bros. detective shows, Bourbon Street Beat. And Peter Breck had his own western series a few years back, Black Saddle, which I always thought was a good show. Only Lee Majors and Linda Evans were relativley newcomers but, this show sure allowed them to eventually make their mark.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      I haven't seen this show in years, but I dimly recall that there was another Barkley younger brother who was in only a couple of episodes and then sank out of sight without further mention. I remember he was there when Heath first arrived.
      Lou Morheim, an associate producer, had the same credit on "The Magnificent Seven". I always thought that the Valley theme was similar in style to Bernstein's. It was interesting to note that he did score for the series, but I'm pretty sure he didn't write the theme fo it.




      We deal in lead,friend.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      Gorch wrote:

      I always thought that the Valley theme was similar in style to Bernstein's. It was interesting to note that he did score for the series, but I'm pretty sure he didn't write the theme fo it.
      We deal in lead,friend.

      It seems that it was George Duning who besides scoring episodes
      also wrote the main theme.
      George Duning
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      They are making a movie of the old TV show,


      Stephen Moyer ... Jarrod Barkley

      Richard Dreyfuss ... Charles Crocker

      Sara Paxton ... Audra Barkley

      Jessica Lange ... Victoria Barkley

      Aidan Quinn ... Fred Lyman

      Bruce Dern ... George Adams

      John Savage ... Deane Floyd

      Lee Majors ... Tom Barkley

      Josh Stewart ... Claude

      Travis Fimmel ... Heath

      Buck Taylor ... Sheriff Munroe

      Jason Alan Smith ... Nick Barkley

      Lawrence Turner ... Drunkard

      Jullian Dulce Vida ... Guido Fante

      Mary Bonner Baker ... Nellie Worth

      Stephen Russell ... Frank Worth

      Theodora Greece ... Peggy

      Richard Jackson ... Jed Mitchell

      imdb.com/title/tt1472462/


      I loved the original show.

      I hate Jessica Lange. Originally, they said Susan Sarandon was going to play Victoria. She's not my favorite actress but she's better than Lange.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      Peter Breck was my fave on the show, altho I liked the whole cast. It was always fun to see Nick in one of his brawls with 2-3 guys and come out on top.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      No post here in quite a while.
      Looking for quotes from friends of Gibbons and mine, I found a very good friend of ours. He and his wife Frenchy were the ones who got the limo for us who had Robert Walker, Jr of War Wagon as the chauffeur. Frenchy died long ago, but Marty is very much alive and still entertaining at 90 years of age! He called last week and we caught up after 35 years or so. He told me he had just lost his best friend. I told him I had devoted my whole Facebook page to him.....it was Ernie Borgnine, and Marty had told us many stories about their motorcycling escapades and many of the times they had together. Just got a package today from Vegas with a pic of him and two DVDs. Anyway, he was once a guest star in Big Valley. And for the crazy comedian he was, he did a right fine job......i actually remember the show....it was before I met him. Here is a small part that actually shows you his acting ability.....not the greatest, but he was only in about 10 TV shows......his thing was stand-up comedy. So, for those who would like to see my friend Marty Allen, here it is:
      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhkOSb8Bhgg[/extendedmedia]
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The Big Valley (1965-1969)

      Still riding his motorcycle at the age of 90? I hope I can still WALK at the age of 90. I am glad he still remembered you after 35 years. You must have left an impression on him. :wink_smile:

      I am envious of him in that he got to sit that close to Linda Evans. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Keith.

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "