Dallas: The Early Years

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Dallas: The Early Years
Dallas The Early Years VHS.jpg
Based onDallas
by David Jacobs
Written byDavid Jacobs
Directed byLarry Elikann
StarringDavid Grant
Dale Midkiff
Molly Hagan
David Wilson
Hoyt Axton
Larry Hagman
Theme music composerJerrold Immel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)David Jacobs
Malcolm Stuart
Producer(s)Joseph B. Wallenstein
Production location(s)Fort Worth
Texas State Railroad, Rusk, Texas
Cloyce Box Ranch - 10514 E.Main St., Frisco, Texas
Parker, Texas
Plano, Texas
CinematographyNeil Roach
Editor(s)Harry Kaye
Running time180 minutes
Production company(s)Lorimar Television
Roundelay Productions
DistributorWarner Bros.
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor (Metrocolor)
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 23, 1986 (1986-03-23)
Related showsDallas

Dallas: The Early Years is a 1986 made-for-television drama film and a prequel to the television series Dallas. The three-hour film aired on CBS on March 23, 1986 between the 26th and 27th episodes of the 1985–1986 ninth season of Dallas.

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 1951, and firmly established the background story of TV's Dallas with the long and ongoing feud between Jock and Digger started. 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 relationship 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

Home media[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. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.

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