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Dallas Dates : 1978 - 1991
356 episodes of 45 min
First broadcasting : 1 Mai 1981
Creator(s) : David Jacobs
Producer(s) : Philip Capice, Leonard Katzman, Lee Rich, Larry Haghman
Music : Jerrold Immel
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The saga of the wealthy Ewing family - patriarch Jock Ewing, who started Ewing Oil, the family corporation; Miss Ellie, his wife who properly managed Southfork Ranch, the family home; and their three sons - J.R., the ruthless CEO of Ewing Oil, married to former Miss Texas Sue Ellen Shepard; Bobby, the nice guy, who married Pamela Barnes, daughter of the Ewing's chief business rival; and Gary, considered an outcast by his father, who eventually moved to California with his wife Valene.

The Actors

Patrick Duffy - Bobby Ewing

Patrick Duffy

(Bobby Ewing)

Larry Haghman - J.R. Ewing

Larry Haghman

(J.R. Ewing)

Linda Gray - Sue Ellen Ewing

Linda Gray

(Sue Ellen Ewing)

Barbara Bel Geddes - Eleanor Southworth 'Miss Ellie' Ewing

Barbara Bel Geddes

(Eleanor Southworth 'Miss Ellie' Ewing)

Ken Kercheval - Cliff Barnes

Ken Kercheval

(Cliff Barnes)

Victoria Principal - Pamela Barnes Ewing

Victoria Principal

(Pamela Barnes Ewing)

Jim Davis - John Ross 'Jock' Ewing Sr

Jim Davis

(John Ross 'Jock' Ewing Sr)

Charlene Tilton - Lucy Ewing Cooper

Charlene Tilton

(Lucy Ewing Cooper)

Steve Kanaly - Ray Krebbs

Steve Kanaly

(Ray Krebbs)

Howard Keel - Clayton Farlow

Howard Keel

(Clayton Farlow)


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Producers originally planned to bring back Jock Ewing's character, but fans were against having anyone play Jock Ewing except Jim Davis. Steve Forrest appeared on the show as Wes Parmalee, claiming to be Jock Ewing, but it was revealed that he was not.

When Victoria Principal opens the shower door in the infamous Bobby shower scene, actor John Beck was the one in the shower. The shock to Pam was supposed to be that he had been killed. The shot of Patrick Duffy was inserted later. Actually Pam would not have been shocked to see Mark (John Beck) in the shower considering that his character had been brought back during the "dream season" and she had married him earlier in the very same episode.

Victoria Principal refused to appear in the final episode because there was a good chance the show would return the next season. She said she would only appear if she were 100% sure that the show wouldn't return.

In episode 145 Peter's Principals, the character Clayton Farlow mentions he is taking Miss Ellie to see Camelot as there is an actor with quite a good voice playing the role of Arthur. Howard Keel, who played Clayton, had starred as Arthur in numerous stage productions of Camelot.

Howard Keel refused to do a script reading for Dallas producers at his first meeting with them, saying he was a "lousy reader" and that "what they saw was what they got".

Howard Keel was originally signed for two brief cameos in two episodes. His character, Clayton Farlow, was such a hit with viewers, however, it was decided to make him a regular.

Originally, Linda Gray's Sue Ellen really didn't have a part, so it was up to her and Larry Hagman to improvise their scenes in the background. Fortunately, Leonard Katzman and others saw their work in the dailies of the episodes and Sue Ellen's character was fleshed out.

Linda Gray was fired from Dallas after begging the executives to give her a chance to direct like Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy. However, Larry Hagman threatened to leave the show because he didn't feel they could have JR without Sue Ellen.

Larry Hagman was not the first choice for J.R. The part was offered first to Robert Foxworth who refused it, but later took a similar role on "Falcon Crest" (1981). Likewise, Ken Kercheval was originally to play Ray Krebbs, while Steve Kanaly was to play Bobby Ewing. Linda Evans was to play Pamela, and Mary Frann was to play Sue Ellen.

David Ackroyd originally played the role of Gary Ewing until Ted Shackelford took over the role.

The "Who Shot J.R.?" episode was the highest rated single episode of a television series until the finale of "M*A*S*H" (1972) ("Goodbye, Farewell, Amen") beat it in 1983.

When Patrick Duffy was asked to return to the show in 1986, his wife told him that the only way it could happen is if his character had actually died in a dream. This led the producers to decide that Bobby Ewing's death (in addition to the entire 1985-86 season) was just a figment of Pam Ewing's imagination.

When Jim Davis died in 1981, it was decided to write him off by first having him disappear in the Amazon and eventually having him declared legally dead.

After Jim Davis died, a portrait of him hung above the fireplace at Southfork as a memorial to the actor. When Miss Ellie remarried in 1984, the picture was moved to the Ewing Oil set.

The house used as the "Southfork Ranch" house was an actual Texas residence, owned by Joe R. Duncan, or J.R. Duncan. When the show became popular, tourists from all over the world visited the house day and night. The Duncan family was forced to sell the house and it is now a museum devoted to the show.

Larry Hagman and Ken Kercheval were the only members of the cast to stay with the series throughout its entire run.

Several actors including Barbara Bel Geddes and Jim Davis were filmed firing the gun that shot J.R before it was decided who would be the shooter. The gun is on display at the real Southfork Ranch site in Dallas.

When Steve Kanaly was talking about leaving the show due to his character's lack of development, it was Larry Hagman who came up with the idea to make the Ray Krebs character the illegitimate son of Jock Ewing in order to get Kanaly to stay

In several of the early episodes of the series, Lucy and Ray were often portrayed as lovers. However, when it became revealed that Ray was Jock's illegitimate son, his affair with Lucy was never mentioned again.

When Barbara Bel Geddes first left the show, Larry Hagman suggested that his real life mother, Mary Martin play Miss Ellie.

Several former cast members returned for the final episode including Linda Gray, Jack Scalia, Ted Shackelford, and Joan Van Ark. Victoria Principal was also invited to participate but declined.

Spinoff show "Knots Landing" (1979) was actually created first, but the producers were unable to sell it. They developed Dallas instead and when that became a success, and the network asked for a spinoff, they were able to dust off the Knots Landing idea.

Producer Leonard Katzman went to New York and hired a crew to film Patrick Duffy's scenes as a soap commercial. He then took the first part of the scene and edited it into the series.

Barbara Bel Geddes is only nine years older than Larry Hagman, though they played mother and son. Hagman is 18 years older than Patrick Duffy, who played his younger brother, though we assume them to be only a few years apart in age.

Miss Ellie and Donna Krebbs belonged to a ladies organization called the Daughters of the Alamo.

The characters of Clayton Farlow and his son, Dusty, get their surname from the show's production manager Wayne A. Farlow. Also the maiden name of Clayton's first wife, and Dusty's mother was Wayne.

A character named Louella Lee Caraway, a secretary at Ewing Oil during the first four seasons, was named after staff writer Louella Lee Caraway.

Morgan Fairchild played Jenna Wade, Bobby's childhood sweetheart, in a 1978 episode. When Jenna became a regular, Priscilla Presley was cast in the role.

Barbara Bel Geddes left the show temporarily in 1984 due to a serious illness, and Donna Reed took her place. When Bel Geddes was well enough to return, Reed was fired. She sued the producers of the show, who settled with her for an undisclosed sum of money.

Susan Howard was only supposed to appear once as Donna Culver, but she impressed the producers enough that she eventually became a regular.

Several references were made during the show's run about Clayton Farlow having a past history of singing. Of course, Howard Keel, the actor who portrayed Clayton, was famous for his powerful bass-baritone singing voice.

Miss Ellie did have an older brother named Garrison Southworth. Middle son Gary is named after him.

Larry Hagman (John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.) is the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of the series.

Larry Hagman (John Ross J.R. Ewing, Jr.), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing) and Steve Kanaly (Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.

German broadcasting network ARD refused to translate and show seven episodes of season 1 to 3 because of controversial or "unnecessary" story lines.

Early episodes alternately referred to the Ewings' company as Ewing Enterprises as well as Ewing Oil before finally just referring to it as Ewing Oil.

While his grave in Pam's dream lists the year of his birth as 1949, in the "reality" of the series, Bobby's date of birth was given as 16 February 1950.

April Stevens, Bobby's second wife, was born 7 August 1957.

Producers approached Howard Keel for the role of Jock Ewing after Jim Davis's death but out of respect for Davis, Keel turned them down and remained in the role of Clayton Farlowe.

Jenilee Harrison has the distinction of playing the only character to be killed off twice. Jamie Ewing Barnes was killed off the first time in the last episode of the "Dream Season" when she was blown up in her brother's car. The second time came midway through the next season, when she was killed while rock climbing in Mexico. Though the second death didn't occur on camera.


Filming locations:

Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

Golden Oak Ranch - 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA

Hong Kong, China

Lufkin, Texas, USA

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Moscow, Russia

Parker, Texas, USA

Plano, Texas, USA

Salzburg, Austria

Vienna, Austria

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