As huge Dallas fans, we have wanted to see the ranch for years. Just north of Dallas in Parker, Texas is the setting for Ewing ranch.
As you enter the visitors center you are greeted with a short video presented by J.R. (Larry Hagman)
The tour begins by passing the famous driveway....remember how long it seemed as they came racing in? Well that is the first example of, shall we say trick photography. It was made to seem long by the use of mirrors and filming a segment, backing up, and repeating....they put powder or dust on the tires of vehicles and the drive to give it a country road appearance....it sure looked real to me!
As we approached the house, the guide explained the seemingly small house; as compared to our memory of the mansion....once again, magic of photography. This house is 5000 sq ft and the mansion on the show was 35,000 sq ft. How was this achieved? No shots were made in this house...all done on set! Only outdoor shots were filmed on location. The owner did not want his family life disrupted to that extent! His other requirement was that all filming was done May thru August. His children were in school and he wanted their privacy during school months.
It is a beautiful home and a fantastic location!
The living room is small but the picture of Jock over the mantel was so great. Of course it is a replica of the original, which mysteriously disappeared from the set and miraculously appeared over Larry Hagman's mantel! Good Job JR!
The peaceful patio where so many morning breakfast scenes took place. (I now understand why....they couldn't go inside/ha)
And now the famous pool....small uh? Yep, mirrors again! Plus they wore a clear harness and would swim...be pulled back....swim, repeat! Sounds like good exercise to me! Wow that pool looked so big on the show!!
The bedrooms were all small with pictures of the stars on the walls; but my favorite room in the house was the master bath. Very exquisite!
Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991 and I still watch the reruns when I can find one.
It was a great show and JR is still the guy I love to hate!
One funny story about the love of Dallas. I have a friend who was on the drill team in high school during this era. Her Mom and Dad came to every game to watch her perform at halftime, and quickly left to watch Dallas! One night after the game she had an accident leaving the stadium. When the police arrived, they were so nice to her and said, "don't cry, it's just a fender bender". She replied, "I'm not crying about the car, I'm crying because I have to call Mom and Dad during Dallas" LOL