The Big Valley

If you like the westerns we’re currently discussing, you may have liked other western TV shows. So why don’t we discuss them here! Post about western conventions (non Bonanza), the shows, the actors and anything you want to discuss.

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by joelover » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:17 am

I was a Heath gal too

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by ellen » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:36 am

A couple weeks ago I decided to search for information about the movie "The Big Valley". In the information I'd seen, Jessica Lange was going to play Victoria Barkley (after Susan Sarandon bowed out), Stephen Moyer from "True Blood" was going to play Jarrod, and Lee Majors was going to do a cameo as the father (who was dead when the series started). There were press releases, interviews with the Linda Evans, an IMDB.com entry, and even a Facebook page.

Then, the project disappeared... last entry on the Facebook page was February 2011, saying the production was on hiatus but would resume shooting in mid-May.

Well, it turns out that the producer was sent to jail for fraud in relation to another movie. And he's being sued by investors in the Big Valley movie, who claim he spent all the money but never intended to make the film.

Here's the article:
https://www.courthousenews.com/investor ... n-a-movie/


I'm not sure it would have been a great movie - the TV show was interesting enough, but there wasn't anything really "special" about it unless you consider the plot of the first couple episodes which explain who Heath was. But after about 5-6 episodes, Heath just became "one of the sons" and even called Victoria "Mother".

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by Tracy » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:00 am

ellen wrote: I'm not sure it would have been a great movie - the TV show was interesting enough, but there wasn't anything really "special" about it unless you consider the plot of the first couple episodes which explain who Heath was. But after about 5-6 episodes, Heath just became "one of the sons" and even called Victoria "Mother".
I think it would have been an okay movie - using Lee majors to play Thomas Barkley would have set the stage nicely. Too bad it didn't happen.

Lee Majors has popped up on a few TV episodes lately - Dallas, CSI:NY, Grey's Anatomy. He's filming a few movies now, as well. Still handsome and those blue eyes . . . :thud

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by inuyasha122785 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:50 am

i loved seeing adam cartwright's guestings at the barkley ranch.. to bad he was killed but he had saved nick in the mines..as far i can remember in one big valley episode...whereas seeing nick barkley guesting as a hired hand who becomes a love triangle of adam cartwright in bonanza..

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by BettyHT » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:48 pm

Image Peter Breck with his stunt double Chuck Bail. Image and here's Lee Majors as Heath

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by Calamity Liz » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:51 pm

I enjoyed Big Valley and the idea of a female matriarch. Barbara Stanwyck was an amazing actor.

As far as the guys, sorry Heath didn't do a thing for me but I never could quite make up my mind between Nick (Peter Breck) and Jarrod (Richard Long)...

But then every time I saw Jarrod's incredible blue eyes...I was a goner for sure
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Re: The Big Valley

Post by zarapam » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:08 am

Great cast in the show, particularly Barbara Stanwyck.

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by Calamity Liz » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:05 pm

I've seen these, he's so young. That's Rock Hudson with him

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Re: The Big Valley

Post by snapdragon » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:51 pm

I knew of "The Big Valley" long before I ever watched a single "Bonanza" rerun. Had a major crush on Lee Majors. Even today, in his 70s, he's still hot stuff. :grin

I loved the Matriarchy of Big Valley. It was unusual for a western series and Barbara Stanwyck was perfect. Linda Evans as her daughter was a living Barbie Doll.

The Big Valley, I think, was a bit more daring and liberal, than Bonanza; willing to push the audiences' buttons a bit more. The fact that Lee Majors got away with saying the word "bastard" (even if it was used in its correct context) on 1960s television must have been a real humdinger at the time.

Just a great show. :thumbup Watched PR's guest appearance on "Run of the Cat", loved his beard. Peter Breck's performance in this episode was impressive, too.

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