Barbara Stanwyck: ''The Barkleys are much tougher than the Cartwrights''
Stanwyck thought the Big Valley household could beat up the Bonanza family.
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When we were kids, there was nothing as fun as matching up two of our favorite famous figures for an imaginary fight. Even as grown-ups, it's fun to imagine what it'd be like if Godzilla battled Frankenstein. Or what if RoboCop fought Darth Vader? These mashups can even lead to big box-office bucks with the likes of Freddy Vs. Jason and Alien Vs. Predator.
It's just fun to imagine who would win between our favorite media properties.
For Barbara Stanwyck, there was no guesswork involved in determining the outcome of one famous family brawl-for-all. In a 1965 interview in the Daily News, Miss Stanwyck, completely unprompted, gave her thoughts on a clash with the Bonanza clan.
"Our TV family, the Barkleys, are much tougher than the Cartwrights in Bonanza," said Stanwyck, seemingly apropos of nothing. At the time of this interview, The Big Valley hadn't aired yet. Still, Stanwyck was positive that her fictional family could beat up Lorne Greene's fictional family.
"My sons are men," Stanwyck remarked, taking aim at Adam, Hoss and Little Joe.
"We behave like any normal family. We fight, argue, and discuss things. We're not at all like some of the families on television today. I don't know where the hell these people are. I never see anybody like them in real life."