First episode date
March 23, 1986
March 23, 1986 (1986-03-23)
Dallasby David Jacobs
David Marshall Grant(Willard 'Diggers' Barnes), Jock Ewing),
David Wilson(Jason Ewing), J.R. Ewing)
Related Larry Elikann movies
DALLAS: The Early Years Movie (with bonus intro)
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).
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 firing a shot at "Jock" Ewing. 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. Jock is shown to be an honorable man caught up in a backlash. Digger is a neurotic, alcoholic with a gift for finding oil.
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 TVs 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 Barnes – Ewing feud.
While focusing on the triangle of Jock – Ellie – Digger, the movie also features Jocks brother Jason (David Wilson) and Ellies father Aaron (Hoyt Axton) as starring characters. It shows the origin of Ewing Oil, and Jocks schemings to make it big, and it deals with the inter-family relations of the Ewings, the Barnes, and the Southworths; also showing Jocks first marriage to Amanda Lewis, and Ellies relation with her brother Garrison and mother Barbara.
Warner Home Video released Dallas: The Early Years on DVD April 12, 2011 on Dallas: The Movie Collection 2-disc set.
ReferencesDallas: The Early Years Wikipedia
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