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DALLAS - The Early Years

Original Broadcast Date March 23, 1986 - CBS

Running Time - 3 Hours

Prequel to the popular "Dallas" TV series focuses on the origins of the Ewing-Barnes feud during the 1930's. Larry Hagman provides the opening narration for the film. The story opens at a 1951 barbecue with "Digger" Barnes (David Grant) firing a shot at "Jock" Ewing (Dale Midkiff). Immediately flashing back to the depression, the two men first meet in a boxcar as both are hoboing. Their original friendship is built on their desires to find oil. But their failings start as they both compete for the hand of the beautiful Miss Ellie (Molly Hagan). Jock is shown to be an honorable man caught up in a backlash. Digger is a neurotic, alcoholic with a gift for finding oil.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depressions - Dallas The Early Years chronciles the romance, danger and intrigue found amongst the rough and tumble wild cat oil-fields of Texas.

 

Barbara Southworth

It follows the two passions in Jock Ewing's life: the first is for oil: the second is for Miss Eliie, the fiancee of his partner and best friend, Digger Barnes. As he battles against both the Ku Klux Klan and his heart to carve a furure for himself, an adventure unfolds that's as big as Texas itself.


.Young JR, Jock and Ellie

CAST of The Early Years

David Marshall Grant .... Willard 'Diggers' Barnes
Dale Midkiff .... John Ross 'Jock' Ewing
Molly Hagan .... Elanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing
David Wilson (VI) .... Jason Ewing
Hoyt Axton .... Aaron Southworth
Bill Duke .... Seth Foster
Geoffrey Lewis (I) .... Ed Porter
Diane Franklin .... Amanda
Marshall Thompson .... Dr. Ted Johnson
William Frankfather .... Newman
Elizabeth Keifer .... Cherie Simmons
Wendel Meldrum .... Honey
Matt Mulhern .... Garrison Southworth
Joe Rainer .... Sam Culver

 

 

 

 

 

Television Movies

Dallas - The Early Years
Prequel to the series focuses on the origins of the Ewing-Barnes feud during the 1930's

JR Returns
TV movie following the Ewing family five years after the series finale..



War of the Ewings
JR plots to gain control of Ewing Oil in this 1998 TV movie.


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Episode Menu

EPISODE GUIDE
Guide to all 13 seasons and the 3 Dallas movies. Includes original air dates and ratings.

CLIFFHANGERS
Take a look back at all of the Dallas end of season cliffhangers.


DALLAS RECAPS
Relive episodes of Dallas in pictures in the Recap section.


WHO SHOT JR
Find out all about the biggest cliffhanger in television history.

DREAM ZONE
WAKE UP and enter the dream of Pamela Ewing and find out what never really happened.


LOCATIONS
Deleve into the world of Southfork Ranch and Ewing Oil.


OPENING CREDITS
View all the opening credits in pictures, video and sound.

 

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