Dallas: The Early Years

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Dallas: The Early Years
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Genre Period drama
Soap opera
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Directed by Larry Elikann
Produced by Joseph B. Wallenstein
Written by David Jacobs
Based on Dallas 
by David Jacobs
Starring David Grant
Dale Midkiff
Molly Hagan
David Wilson
Hoyt Axton
Music by Jerrold Immel
Cinematography Neil Roach
Production company Lorimar Television
Roundelay Productions
Country United States
Language English
Original channel CBS
Release date March 23, 1986 (1986-03-23)
Running time 180 minutes

Dallas: The Early Years is a made for television movie that first aired on March 23, 1986 on CBS during the ninth season of the TV series Dallas. It is a prequel to the series.

Plot summary[edit]

Written by series creator David Jacobs, the movie chronicles the exploits of John Ross "Jock" Ewing (Dale Midkiff), Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Southworth Ewing (Molly Hagan), and Willard "Digger" Barnes (David Marshall Grant) from 1933 to the early 1950s, and firmly established the background story of TV's Dallas with the long and ongoing feud between Jock and Digger. Larry Hagman appears in the opening sequence as his character J.R. Ewing, being interviewed by a reporter who is researching the BarnesEwing feud.

While focusing on the triangle of Jock – Ellie – Digger, the movie also features Jock's brother Jason (David Wilson) and Ellie's father Aaron (Hoyt Axton) as starring characters. It shows the origin of Ewing Oil, and Jock's schemings to make it big, and it deals with the inter-family relations of the Ewings, the Barnes', and the Southworths; also showing Jock's first marriage to Amanda Lewis, and Ellie's relation with her brother Garrison and mother Barbara.


Introduced by
Also Starring
Guest Starring
  • Ryan Beadle as Bobby Ewing
  • Angie Bolling as Deborah Culver
  • Johnny Felder as Cliff Barnes
  • Rhashell Hunter as Priscilla Foster
  • Bennie Moore as Benjamin Foster (1933)
  • Norma Moore as Maggie Barnes
  • Terrence Riggins as Benjamin Foster (1951)
  • Andrea Wauters as Pamela Barnes

DVD release[edit]

Warner Home Video released Dallas: The Early Years on DVD April 12, 2011 on Dallas: The Movie Collection 2-disc set.[1]


  1. ^ Lambert, David (8 February 2011). "Dallas - Package Art - Front and Rear - Finally Arrives for 'The Movie Collection' DVDs". TVShowsOnDVD.Com. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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