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Dallas Actors Out Donna Reed In Barbara Bel Geddes

Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by MenaceTheDennis, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Justine

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    So, from this thread I can only draw one conclusion (which I've always kind of known, anyway) - the Dallas producers were misogynistic pigs, who didn't understand how much pull their actresses had in terms of audience and viewer ratings, and these two women were unjustly pitted against one another. :NI:

    I personally didn't mind Donna's performance. I've always understood Barbara was unwell, so it made more sense to me that Miss Ellie be re-cast, rather than disappear into the abyss until Barbara's return. This discussion does make me wonder what kind of chemistry there would have been had Donna still been Miss Ellie when fake-Jock Wes Parmalee arrived at Southfork...
     
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    i like Donna Reed and she was brilliant in it's a wonder life, but when i watched her stint on Dallas back when Soap Net was still around i thought she was dreadfully awful on it and it really shocked me cause she's a really good actress. i do have that season on dvd actually and it's the last season i have until i get season 9 on dvd so sooner or later i will get to it. but for now i'm nearly done with Season 2 (DVD)

    when i do get to season 8 if i'm not burnt out by Dallas by than which i hope and pray i'm not than maybe my opinion will change who knows? what really would have been a better Casting if they had Cast Larry Hagman's mom in the role instead. something tells me she would not have sued them like Donna Reed Did.
     
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    She should have been on Dynasty because she was static acting at its best (worst?)....
     
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    they might as well have replaced Larry Hagman as JR with Alan Alda dressed in army scrubs acting exactly like Hawkeye Pierce, or maybe Telly Savalas as John Ross “Kojak” Ewing - it would have been only mildly less jarring!
     
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    Or even better, as Eva Braun (she did look like her, sort of...) :

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    I liked Donna Reed as Miss Ellie, she made a perfectly good stab at playing Miss Ellie.

    What I don't like with hindsight is the shabby way Lorimar treated both her & Barbara Bel Geddes. Both of them deserved to be treated better. :(
     

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