Dallas: The Early Years

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Dallas: The Early Years
Dallas The Early Years VHS.jpg
Based on Dallas
by David Jacobs
Written by David Jacobs
Directed by Larry Elikann
Starring David Grant
Dale Midkiff
Molly Hagan
David Wilson
Hoyt Axton
with
Larry Hagman
Theme music composer Jerrold Immel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Joseph B. Wallenstein
Editor(s) Harry Kaye
Cinematography Neil Roach
Running time 180 minutes
Production company(s) Lorimar Television
Roundelay Productions
Distributor Warner Bros.
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release March 23, 1986 (1986-03-23)
Chronology
Followed by Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996)

Dallas: The Early Years is a 1986 made-for-television movie prequel to the TV series Dallas. It aired on CBS on March 23, 1986 between the 26th and 27th episode of the ninth season of Dallas (1985–86).

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 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.

Cast[edit]

Starring
Introduced by
Also Starring
Guest Starring
Co-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]

References[edit]

  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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