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Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by Swami, Sep 12, 2016.

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    D - though their fathers were smart and competent enough to build successful independent oil companies, all indications were that Jeb Ames and Willie Joe Garr were a pair of dastardly doltish dumb-dumbs.

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    Once again, we need to give the production crew much credit for the picture seen above. This is EXACTLY what a Dallas ranch foreman would drive. Why?

    -- Look at the truck. The year the episode was filmed the truck was 11 years old. And in good shape. Ray would have sacrificed a lot to buy his truck, so he kept it nice.
    -- Look at the West Coast Mirror on the door. This was a real, working truck and Ray would need that oversized mirror to see around the load in back (which brings your eye to the small tie-down rack on the bed rail.
    -- And the best touch of all. Notice the CB antennae attached to the back of the cab. This was before cell phones, and any self-respecting young ranch hand needed a CB radio to find out where the disco parties would be on Friday night.
    Yup! They got it just right.
     
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    E- Elegantly dressed in white, Michelle Stevens meets with Mr. Bobby James Ewing in the lobby of the Ewing Oil offices.

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    Michelle Stevens, thank you for posting that picture of. . . Michelle Stevens!
    Very cool! And while I like the character, let's contrast two of the pictures on the last couple of pages here:
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    This was filmed on a soundstage, and it is just so sterile and forgettable. From the chair on the left that nobody would want to sit on, to the elevator doors that are obviously fake, and too small to slide open anyway. And that is a wall on the left! A door cannot slide magically into a solid wall, people! From the expression on Bobby's face, he's looking at a plastic fern and thinking, "Good God, that thing looks fake! What else do they think they can get away with on this show!"

    Now, lets compare this to the good old days, when they filmed on location.
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    Once again, we see just how great it was when they filmed on location. When you look at this screenshot, remember that this was long before DVR's and the internet. The producers had no idea that years later, we would freeze these shots and comment on them. That makes this shot even more impressive:

    -- Notice first the background. There are no leaves on the trees, and the grass is dormant. Look even at the smallest details such as the color of the cars in the background. The second car, the only color in the shot, is a drab green. While this should be a happy occasion, the background shows that the reality is much more gray and subdued. It will be their winter of discontent, to be sure!

    -- Now, notice the body language. Show this picture to any person who has never watched Dallas or seen the characters. They will know just from the body language in the scene that Jock is fully in charge of the conversation.

    -- And here is the best touch of all, and it is subtle. Notice the drink that Jock is holding. Really look at the way Jock is holding the glass. He's not taking a drink, he's just holding it there. That's right, the alcohol is between Jock and Digger. Read that line again, my friends. The alcohol is between Jock and Digger. What a powerful (if accidental) metaphor.
     
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    love the analysis! As cozy and iconic as the newer Southfork was, I still kind of wish Cloyce Box hadn't decided he didn't want a TV show filmed at his ranch.

    ...and I will say in defense of Michelle Stevens (and Michelle Stevens) that she looks a hell of a lot better in a skirt than Jock or Digger would!
     
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    F- Mr. Bobby James Ewing giving JR a firm and forceful talking to.

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    Thanks for the mental imagery. :eck:
     
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    G - Clint Ogden was a gonzo.

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    H - JR called upon the services of corrupt Vice Squad sergeant Matt Henderson to scare Pam's glamorous friend Leanne Rees into doing his bidding, in this case seducing Cliff's OLM backer, the powerful financier Ben Maxwell

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    I - Carter McKay was often ill-curponed.

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    J - Bobby appears in this photo to have joined the 'designer jeans' bandwagon of the early 80s, with a brand that does not appear to be Jordache
     
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    K - Charlie Wade was a knidget.

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    L- Barry Corbin played lawman Sheriff Fenton Washburn. Seen here with Larry Hagman.

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    M - Vanessa "Granny" Beaumont was a mantie-maker.

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    N - Dallas would have been quite a different show over the years if master caterers Sam and Tilly had narrated the show ala Waylon Jennings on the Dukes of Hazzard

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    O- JR had a lifelong obsession in living up to his father's standard.

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    P - master chef Teresa utterly baffled the Ewings one morning when, instead of the traditional bacon and eggs, she served pupusas for breakfast

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    Q - Jeremy Wendell was a quaist.

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    R - in a unusually rattlesnake-heavy episode, both veteran cowboy Bo Middens and a nattily-attired Pam fell victim to the devious serpent with the percussive warning mechanism

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    S - Tommy McKay often ate swaine-mait.

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    T- JR's office had a large cutout of the shape of the state of Texas on the wall.

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