The Man from Dallas…
For St Patrick’s Day, one of the most famous of Patricks will be honoured, it’s Dallas’s Patrick Duffy.
Here is 5 of Patrick Duffy’s telly appearances, but it’s bizarre to think Duffy could have had an entry here for the well-known character, Indiana Jones which I’ve literally just listened to this podcast by the Indycast. If you think this is an early April Fool.. CLICK HERE.
These reviews will be in short form. No gittering I promise.. especially as I will of course mention Dallas. Apologies for not discussing his role in The Man from Atlantis (1977-78) more fully, but sadly (but really not complaining having seen Duffy in soft focus 70s vision) I have only seen the intro theme on YouTube (sorry Patrick). So here’s his shorts.. starting with the aforementioned video..
Man from Atlantis Opening/Theme, Peter Hughes, www, youtube.com
But on with the reviews…
Strong Medicine (1986)
Photographs via http://www.ivid.it/ and http://denver-carrington.tumblr.com/post/84279673691/pamela-sue-martin-and-patrick-duffy-in-strong
Still trying to find a less than four-minute video of this TV mini series to share with y’all. Duffy played Dr Andrew Jordan, husband to drug rep with a conscience, Celia Grey played by Pamela Sue Martin. It was a case of Dallas (1978-91) meets Dynasty (1981-89) in this 1980s mini series. Remember reading this particular Arthur Hailey novel as a teen, trying to visualise them not as Fallon Carrington Colby and Bobby Ewing in an awful tie-in episode of both soaps. Which believe me is hard for the Die Hard Dallas fan, bit like imagining Thor (2011) played by Eddie Redmayne, it doesn’t work..
Wogan Now and Then (1996)
Dallas Wogan part 2, Dallas TV Series, http://www.youtube.com
As Patrick Duffy was interviewed by the British National Treasure, Terry Wogan he was everything I’d seen in previous interviews and read about. Duffy was funny and a natural prankster. He was tall and charming and as part of the live audience I can confirm he was just as handsome in real life as he is on-screen. His rapport and strong supportive relationships and camaraderie with Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as they joined him on Wogan’s set was a joy to see. This is up there with my wedding day as one of my favourite days ever.
Family Guy (1999)
Photographs © Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Productions
In a live action part of this adult cartoon, in the Da Boom episode, Duffy was reunited with his Dallas co-star Victoria Principal. Seth MacFarlane spoofs mercilessly yet more of my memories from my youth as they send up the infamous shower scene and its aftermath. First watched this in Scotland in the wee small hours as it’s shown pretty late there and was worth staying awake for. This was one of the first episodes I watched – of Family Guy believing it – up until then to be an awful Tim Allen “comedy”.
Welcome to Sweden (2014-15)
WELCOME TO SWEDEN – Own it on Digital HD, eOne ANZ, http://www.youtube.com
In this comedy TV series, American Greg Poehler is Bruce, an American accountant who has moved to Sweden to be with his Swedish girlfriend Emma. As a recurring character, Duffy plays his father who often visits him. As expats, darlin’ husband and I can identify with Bruce and find this programme interesting, as we are living over the border in Finland. Welcome to Sweden is a funny, original comedy and it is interesting seeing the similarities and differences of the Swedish and Finnish cultures.. and in Duffy a spokesman of what our families and friends may or may not think about us living here. Expect a full length view of this charming comedy one day soon.
SwanSong2proposal.wmv, Bobby and Pam Ewing, http://www.youtube.com
As dastardly J.R. Ewing’s goody two shoes of a brother, Bobby he sometimes came face to face with his dark side,. However we forgave him due to that look he often shared with his love interests particularly Pammy. The famous Patrick Duffy look – which all girls would love to see – is seen in the video above showing a clip from the weeper of the episode named Swan Song which ended with Bobby’s apparent “death”. When Bobby “died” we sobbed, not just at his death but for the entire following season, despite Mark Graison returning as he was often a poor Duffy substitute. As it really was a case of “wasted time” without the Bobby and Pam pairing.
On his return to the soap and Pam sadly leaving one season later he moved on with a variety of ladies including his cousin’s ex-wife April (Sheree J Wilson) despite the fact that she – like all those Bobby turned down – had slept with big brother J.R.. But annoyingly Bobby never returned to Jenna, his first love and she ended up with Ray who slept with anyone – including niece Lucy – despite who they’d been with previously. Anyway as Bobby, Duffy often appeared in his swimming shorts… perhaps as an homage to his Man from Atlantis days or just as a wee treat for us gals. Who cares, as he looked mighty fine in them…
My Darlin’ Dallasers Blogathon
This review was entered as my contribution to my first Blogathon in honour of what would have been Duffy’s Dallas co-star Larry Hagman’s 85th Birthday. My Dallas (1978-91) review also mentions Duffy. Other Dallas leading ladies are included in this review about George Kennedy. Reviews with Hagman include Superman (1978), The Eagle has Landed (1975) and a review on J.R. Ewing (his character in Dallas).