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Dallas: The Early Years (1986)

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 ... See full summary »

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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 John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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It was originally intended for the character of Miss Ellie played by Barbara Bel Geddes to introduce this movie but because of ill health, the story was written to have J.R. (played by Larry Hagman) do the intro. See more »

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In the last scene, young Cliff pulls his sister Pam away from a swing being pushed by little Bobby. In the next shot, as the camera pulls back from him, Bobby is no longer standing behind the swing but clear to the side of it. See more »

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J.R. Ewing: Well, I don't know how much help I can give you. Daddy didn't keep any records in the early years.
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Was this flashback a dream?
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I always wondered that since "Dallas, The Early Years" came out during the Dallas season that was later learned to be Pam's dream, if perhaps this flashback movie was also a dream.

I thought this movie didn't focus a lot of attention on the actual occurrence of the Jock-Digger breakup. I was a little underwhelmed by that. Basically, it focused on Jock and Digger's 1933 partnership and them fighting with Newman and the townfolk. Jock meets Ellie, and then Digger basically fight because Jock takes away Digger's liquor, then they immediately flip a coin to decide Ewing Oil? It appears that Jock is going to give Digger his share and doesn't consider it binding. Then the movie goes away from that theme, focuses on Jock's very quick romance with Ellie. Then it cuts to Digger being unhappy and then back to 1951 with Digger talking about Jock badly (just like he did in the real "dallas" show). But they never really talk about Jock's alleged stealing of Ewing Oil from Digger in 1933. Nor does Digger ever confront Jock and Ellie about their romance back in 1933. It just shows Digger mad a Jock in '51, which just as easily could have been 1978.


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