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Discussion in 'The Dallas Art Gallery' started by Snarky's Ghost, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Via The Void

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    Southfork was a TARDIS, it was bigger on the inside than on the outside. The interior of the house existed in a different dimension, so the gym could've been anywhere.

    This also explains how Miss Ellie changed faces. Being a Time Lord, she regenerated into a different form. However she maybe preferred her previous incarnation & regenerated again taking on her original form.

    On no account tell the producers of Doctor Who this as Warner Brothers who acquired Lorimar back in the late 1980's may get sued for breach of contract! ;) :)
     
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    For me, they never topped the interiors used in the mini-series (season 1 per DVD count). Although the second Southfork set also had wood paneling, it wasn't nearly as beautiful as the first interior. It was also bigger, and even the dining room had wood paneling. I always hated the tacky decor of Southfork #2, as well as the vine wall paper in the dining room.

    Although the wood paneling really suited the first Southfork, I thought the second Southfork looked best during season 7 and 8 (per DVD). I loved the upstairs hallway, the living room received a much needed expansion, and I always liked the gold and tan color scheme. I wasn't a fan of the darker wood trim that was used from season 9 on. The set also started to look cluttered. At one point, random portraits appeared above the stairs. It felt less cozy, and was a rather transparent attempt at showing opulence. Because, you know, Dynasty.

    As for offices, I again thought the ones used in the mini series were the best. It had a larger lobby, and even showed more than just the two secretaries working there. The offices were also larger and wood paneled. The dentist offices that replaced them were small and drab, but I did like the upgrade they received in season 6. The Ewing offices used in the final three seasons were also nice, although JR's was the size of a broom closet. Of course, the show never missed a chance to point that out since JR was the butt of everyone's jokes at that point.
     
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    Every piece of furniture is Ethan Allen. I'm pretty sure the Dining Room furniture from this era is also Ethan Allen. I thought the set designer would go to a storeroom filled with furniture and select pieces to refinish/reupholster and purchase just a few new pieces; instead the designer apparently went to an Ethan Allen showroom and purchased two display rooms en masse.
     
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    The Ewings could do worse than Ethan Allen. And sometimes did.
     
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    I've got nothing against Ethan Allen, I have several pieces myself. It's the "one stop shopping" notion that strikes me as laziness on the part of the designer.

    Anyone want to replicate this? Not difficult to do since so many of these pieces were produced you can find them easily on the internet:
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    I’m partial to the sets from the late 70s/early 80s episodes because this was Dallas at its prime. I remember reading a comment about how Dallas was about making money, while Dynasty was about spending money. I liked the Ewings better when they were less showy, and more provincial, and more worried about “outsiders”. Southfork actually seemed like a dark, unpleasant place then and that added to flavor of the show.
     
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    Here is some American history for those of you who are geeks like me and find it interesting:

    In the 1950's and 1960's, we were in a space race and life was busy. Oil company offices reflected this. Minimalist furniture, lots of glass. This was because we were too busy to spend time at the office or the house. We were going OUT. Out to eat, out to lunch, out to whatever. Here's an example of an oil company 1960's office:
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    Notice the shortage of storage space. Also notice that while comfortable, guests couldn't spend much time there as there is nothing to do but sit in the guest chair. That's because we were too busy going OUT. We didn't have time to spend in the office.

    . . . . .

    Things changed in the late 1970's and the 1980's (exactly when Dallas was filmed, by the way).
    Cable TV was starting to be developed, VCRs were becoming available. Rec Rooms were being installed in houses (today, the milennials call them man-caves). Wet bars were being installed in offices. Our entire culture changed, and shifted to staying IN and entertaining at home or the office.

    ** side note, this is when Dallas parties became popular on Friday nights **

    This change to staying IN is reflected in Bobby's office:
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    Notice the comfortable, mid back guest chairs. Notice the table and lamp to provide the comforts of home. And while we can't see it in this picture, executives often had fireplaces and Televisions set up in their offices. This is because now everybody is now staying IN. Meetings were held into the evenings, so people needed to be comfortable. Think of how many times we see Ewing Oil executives offer drinks from a wet bar right there in the office.

    Dallas did a great job of capturing the surroundings of an oil company executive.

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    Southfork88, thank you for posting those pics! If you don't mind, I'll throw in another "behind the scenes" post to add to your pictures.

    Look at the top picture. Notice who is the leader of the family. Miss Ellie is sitting down and being served while the others are standing. Now, this is probably because Barbara Bell Geddes was getting physically tired from standing too much during filming, but that is even better-- the accidental blocking of the scene to show here as the matriarch of the family.

    Notice that Cally is leaning on the chair. But not sitting in the chair, which would make her the equal to Miss Ellie.

    If you have any doubts, then look at the second picture. Who is leading the family out of the room?

    I just LOVE little touches like that.
     
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    Sure, Miss Ellie is leading the family Ewing ...

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