(9/23/78-5/3/91) CBS

Larry Hagman excited about 30th `Dallas' reunion

Videos from the reunion

J.R. Ewing lowered gas prices in 1982. Could he do that now?

Bobby and Pam Ewing Bobby and Pam (Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal)

Out of the 100 most memorable moments in TV history, Bobby's in the shower on Dallas, that 5/16/86, was selected as number 52, according to the 6/29/96-7/5/96 issue of TV Guide.

Of TV Guide-TV Land's 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments, A Dallas Dream (5/16/86) was selected as number 3. (TV Guide issue 12/5/05-12/11/05)

There was a ranch in Hidden Hills, California that used in the filming of Dallas.

Digger's Daughter 4/2/78. This Southfork ranch (two pictures, right) in Frisco, Texas, was used only in the first five shows of the Dallas series, starting with this episode. A house on Swiss Avenue in Dallas was used for the interiors.

Why did the Dallas series leave this first ranch? The answer is on this page and also, this page, at the Ultimate Dallas website.

This was the first episode of the Dallas series.
Winds Of Vengeance 4/23/78. During the closing credits of this episode, some great aerial footage of the ranch was shown (two pictures, right).
Barbeque 4/30/78. This was the last episode that used the Southfork Ranch in Frisco, Texas.
First Southfork Ranch in Frisco, TX
First Southfork Ranch in Frisco, TX

Reunion (Part One) 9/23/78. Starting with this episode, and for the duration of the series, Dallas was moved to Duncan Acres (which is now legally named Southfork) in Parker, Texas. The interiors were shot at a home in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas. The sets at MGM studios are copies of that Turtle Creek area home.

Go to this page for information on tours and other events at Southfork Ranch.
Second Southfork Ranch in Parker, TX

Bypass 10/14/78. Jock becomes really concerned about how long it will take J.R. to let Bobby more closely fit into Ewing Oil. Jock collapses and J.R. calls an ambulance.
DAN AMMERMAN Ewing family doctor Harlan Danvers (Dan Ammerman, pictured) tells Ellie that Jock has suffered coronary insufficiency.

Return Engagements 12/20/79. Gary asks Valene for her hand in marriage.

The Fourth Son 12/12/80. Bobby finds out that his 600,000 barrels of oil that went down in the water was not insured by Sally (Joanna Cassidy), Eugene Bullock's (E.J. Andre) wife. But she double insured the tanker that was carrying it.

All of a sudden, Amos Krebbs (William Windom) shows up and says to Ray, that he is his long lost daddy. Amos wants money and Ray is only willing to give him $100. Amos also wants money from Jock.
Denial 1/15/82. Tom Flintoff (Peter Brown from TV's Lawman, 1958-62) has an interest in Sue Ellen and that's an understatement. Jim McKrell plays Henry Webster in this episode.
The Phoenix 1/29/82. The scene at the end of this episode really shows how much J.R. loves his daddy.
My Father, My Son 2/5/82. There are some memorable scenes in this episode, when J.R. is a real father to his son, John Ross, taking him to the kiddie park, and Sue Ellen is there.

Larry Hagman directed this episode.
Adoption 2/19/82. Bobby tells Sue Ellen the truth about Christopher.

Herb Vigran played the character of Judge Thornby in this episode. (Vigran played Chester A. Riley on "Life Of Riley" in the pilot show, 4/13/48, NBC-TV.) This MTV webpage has information on Vigran.

Larry Hagman directed this episode.
The Road Back 9/30/83. When Bobby drives up in front of Southfork Ranch, he sees that it is on fire.

Miss Ellie and Clayton are out at Takapa. Neal (Dan Ammerman) gives her a tranquilizer. He tells Clayton that she should have no contact with her family, that they have worn her out.

The night this episode aired, after the closing credits, Larry Hagman appeared in a commercial for BVD underwear.
Check and Mate 11/4/83.
    Neal (Dan Ammerman):
  • sees Ray's arrest is in the newspaper
  • tells Clayton, that's about the last thing Miss Ellie needs
  • suggests to Clayton, what if you take Miss Ellie to a place where no one cares what a Ewing does

It's decision time to see who wins the contest for Ewing Oil.
Fools Rush In 3/9/84. Barbara Cason as Iris Porter. Dennis Patrick as Vaughan Leland. In real life, Cason and Patrick were married.
Swan Song 5/17/85. There's a flashback to what happened in the previous episode.

Steve Kanaly's acting is really good.

This is Donna Reed's last appearance on Dallas as Miss Ellie.

David White plays Mark, Cliff's divorce lawyer. David played Larry Tate on "Bewitched".

This was 90 minutes with commercials when it originally aired, but was cut to 60 minutes when shown in syndication.
Close Encounters 11/15/85. Jim Gough is the announcer at the Ewing rodeo. Mark White, Texas Governor, 1983-1987, was in this episode.
Curiosity Killed the Cat 12/20/85. The night this aired, after the ending credits, some of the cast, Howard Keel, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, Barbara Bel Geddes, Steve Kanaly and Susan Howard, were on camera and wished the audience, Seasons Greetings.
The Deadly Game 1/17/86. I think the man said the computer at Graison Research was an Apex 2000, that stores up to 5 billion bytes of information, with a random access of 20 megabytes.
Nothing's Ever Perfect 3/21/86. In a rare moment, J.R. tells Bobby how much he really misses him.
Once and Future King 10/10/86. Donna is going to Washington. She tells Ray, that he wants her to give up the things she believes in and that she can't do that.

I think it is really great that Donna stood up to Ray.

Blue Deckert appears in this episode. He was in "Dallas: J.R. Returns".
Territorial Imperative 10/31/86. Bobby gets into a fight with some of Charlie's friends. There is a sign in the background that says Keller's. According to this page, Keller's is a restaurant in Dallas. According to this page and this page, there are two locations.

Dallas: The Early Years CBS, 3/23/86


J.R., who is no longer drinking, returns to Dallas after a 5 year absence. He wants to get Ewing Oil away from Cliff Barnes. This was an excellent movie that told a great story and it brought Dallas back to primetime TV. The film was dedicated to the memory of Leonard Katzman, who was director, producer and executive producer of Dallas over the years. Filmed entirely on location in Texas.
  • Julia Cunningham (Rosalind Allen)
  • Christopher Ewing (Christopher Demetral)(Joshua Harris played the part 1985-91)
  • Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy)
  • Sue Ellen (Linda Gray)
  • J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman)
  • John Ross Ewing III (Omri Katz - played the part 1983-1991)
  • Pamela Rebecca Cooper (Deborah Kellner)
  • Carter McKay (George Kennedy - in 1967 he won Best Supporting Actor for the movie Cool Hand Luke)
  • Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval)
  • Afton Cooper (Audrey Landers)
  • Anita Smithfield (Tracy Scoggins)
  • Sly Lovegren (Deborah Rennard)
  • Steve Grisham (Buck Taylor - son of Dub Taylor - Buck played Newly on Gunsmoke)
  • Harv Smithfield (George O. Petrie - he played Eddie Haskell's father on Leave It To Beaver)
  • Detective Markham (Blue Deckert)
  • Judge Hooker (Lee Gideon)
  • Dave Colquit (Sean Hennigan)
  • Male Nurse (William Earl Ray)
  • Debbi (Ellen Locy)
  • Rattigan (John William Hoge)
  • Officer #1 (Kevin Page)
  • Reporter (Maria Arita)
  • Tammy (Stacy Hogue)
  • Wanda (Katie Gratson)
  • Limo Driver (Brent Anderson)

Dallas: War of the Ewings CBS, 4/24/98. For another TV project, Steve Kanaly (pictured) had his hair colored brown and could not change it in time for War of the Ewings. STEVE KANALY

Doing Dallas 5/1/00, UK, British documentary about the show
After Dallas 8/18/02, UK, British documentary about the show
Dallas Reunion: The Return To Southfork 11/7/04, CBS. Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal, Steve Kanaly, Ken Kercheval, Charlene Tilton and Mary Crosby celebrated the great memories and the incredible times that came from the TV show Dallas.

Fans from around the country voted on cbs.com for their favorite Dallas cliffhangers. Those were shown along with some memorable scenes, bloopers and some clowning around on the set.

J.R. Ewing, Jock's son who is a big Texas oilman. Larry Hagman discusses the Dallas days with Linda Gray in Southfork's master bedroom.
Sue Ellen pleads with J.R., that they don't make love any more. Linda Gray talks with Larry Hagman.
Pamela Barnes married Bobby Ewing even though their fathers, Digger Barnes and Jock Ewing, were archenemies. Victoria Principal talking with Ken Kercheval at the reunion.
Cliff Barnes, J.R.'s archenemy Ken Kercheval was told by Victoria Principal his character was based on Jack and Bobby Kennedy for the first five episodes.
Ray and Lucy were intimate in those early years. Charlene Tilton reminiscing with Steve Kanaly.
Southfork Ranch foreman Ray Krebbs Steve talking with Charlene at the reunion about those memories from the hayloft.

Deborah Tranelli -
Deborah Tranelli, who played Phyllis, Bobby Ewing's secretary on Dallas, now has an album, called A Lot of Livin. Deborah was on the nighttime soap DALLAS for over a decade.

Deborah has a theatre background and she's been singing on Broadway and in cabaret for almost two decades. This is her first album, with thirteen selections ranging from oldies by Rodgers and Arlen to newer pop songs by Stephen Schwartz and Carole King.

This is a great review of Deborah's CD.

UNANSWERED QUESTION - Please email me if you have information on this

I am interested in learning about the first Southfork. I heard it burnt down and would like to know the whole story of it with all the details. If you know of an old newspaper or of a website or anything with more info, it would be greatly appreciated.
Do you remember the car Miss Ellie drove? Was it a VW rabbit? Please email me if you know. I received an email that had this answer. The car Miss Ellie drove in "Dallas" was a Volkswagen Golf I Cabriolet, made from 1978 till 1992.
Listing of Dallas episodes from tv.com
Larry Hagman
Southfork Ranch
Charlene Tilton
Ultimate Dallas
Barbara Bel Geddes
Linda Gray
The cast of Dallas won the Pop Culture award at the 2006 TV Land Awards.
The Night Charlene Tilton Danced with Fred Astaire
This is the first of a six part interview with Larry Hagman from the Archive of American Television.
Dallas season 5 on DVD
Dallas is available on video at Columbia House and at www.amazon.com
Will 'Dallas' Be Filmed in Dallas?
'Dallas' Star Arrested for Drunk Driving
'Dallas' Star Serves Three Days in Jail
Fan Club DALLAS from Romania
The book, "25 Years Of Dallas: The Complete Story Of The World's Favorite Prime Time Soap" by Barbara A. Curran, is available at www.amazon.com
The book, "Only Make Believe: My Life in Show Business" by Howard Keel is available at www.amazon.com. Howard played Clayton Farlow on Dallas.
There is a book about actor Albert Salmi called "Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story", that is available at www.amazon.com (verified 5/31/05). Albert Salmi played Gil Thurman on Dallas.
Dallas, The Complete Ewing Family Saga, including Southfork Ranch, Ewing Oil, and the Barnes-Ewing Feud 1860-1985, by Laura Van Wormer, Introduction by Leonard Katzman, A Dolphin Book, Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, New York, 1985
Destination: Dallas: A guide to TV's "Dallas", by Billie Rae Bates, BookSurge Publishing
In memory of the cast of Dallas
Dallas last updated 2/13/09