- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing,US (1 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581824726
- ISBN-13: 978-1581824728
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3 x 22.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favourite Prime-Time Soap Paperback – 1 Oct 2005
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President Jimmy Carter and presidential candidate George Bush made references to it in their campaign speeches. The Queen Mother tried to use the authority of her position to find it out. People from all walks of life in all corners of the globe waited for eight months to have it resolved. Finally, on November 21, 1980, 30 million people in 57 countries gathered in front of their TV screens to learn, once and for all. "Who shot J. R.?" This new book chronicles the Dallas saga through its 13-year run as a regular series and three TV movies: The Early Years (1986), J. R. Returns (1996), and War of the Ewings (1998). Relying on more than 320 primary sources, including interviews with more than 45 cast members - including Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Priscilla Presley and many more. The author takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Dallas' creation, the "Who Shot J. R.?" phenomenon, Jim Davis's valiant fight against cancer, Donna Reed's firing upon Barbara Bel Geddes's return to the show, and how Bobby Ewing came to appear in Pam's shower the year after his tragic death. Few shows become a blockbuster success or define their era as Dallas did.
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Curran skillfully skirts the inability (absent studio approval, which she evidently was not able to obtain for this book) to synopsize episodes or include series photographs by relying on interviews with dozens of "Dallas" stars (almost 50 in all, including all the surviving original castmembers and later additions such as Priscilla Presley and Howard Keel) and about 10 pages of great photos taken by Steve "Ray Krebbs" Kanaly over the course of the series and its various reunions.
"Dallas" creator David Jacobs' Foreword provides an insightful look at his show's place in the history of television, and Victoria Principal's delightful Introduction provides closure for fans still rattled by her departure from the show.
Curran's meticulous research (there seem to be at least 1,000 endnotes relying on several hundred periodical sources above and beyond the 50 cast interviews) is professionally merged with the stories and recollections culled from Hagman, Gray, Duffy, Principal and Tilton and others who appeared on the show such as Christopher Atkins, Barbara Eden, George Kennedy and Susan Lucci.
The result? A lengthy (over 450 pages) journey through pop-culture, American style, from 1977 to last year's CBS reunion show. We get the story of "Dallas'" creation, the company's miserable winter on-location pilot shoot, the two-year journey across CBS' ailing schedule and upwards along the weekly ratings chart, Larry Hagman's tour de force before and after J.R.Read more ›
If you want a list of all the actors & actresses and who they played, or maybe a list of directors and writers, or week by week analysis of Dallas's place in the TV charts or what day it was screened, then this book is encyclopaedic. No question.
If you want to read lots of quotes from all the actors & actresses about each other, then this is a great source for that too. Either they're all lying through their teeth, or the cast was one great big happy family.
The most interesting stuff was at the start of each series, where there was a discussion of what the writers were trying to do (lots of one off episodes or a long story?), disputes with cast and the good old end of season cliffhangers.
But I wanted to hear about plots, about character development, etc. And this book just doesn't deliver on that front. A typical plot summart for a single episode would be "JR plots" or "Ray marries Jenna".
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An excellent reference source for all things CBS Dallas, amazing detail and inside knowledge of the one time World's No.1 showPublished 10 months ago by D. P. DINEEN
Good book. Enjoyed reading the first few pages; the rest of the book is just a list of episodes with reference info for each.Published on 14 July 2013 by MR P BHARJ