Charles Hallahan as Harry Ritlin
Charles Hallahan as Ritlin
Harry Ritlin
Occupation: Clerk, Texas State Hall of Records in Downtown Dallas, TX
About: initially cooperates with rouse of old Army buddy Ed Haynes, Pam's ex-husband, in concealing annullment papers from her and Bobby, until he learns of Ed's plan to try to extort possibly millions, instead of $1000 he first planned
Played by: Charles Hallahan
Appears on: Dallas (first series)
Episodes appeared in: "Double Wedding" in Season 2

Harry Ritlin is a character who appears in the Season 2 episode of Dallas titled "Double Wedding". The part of Harry is played by Charles Hallahan.

About HarryEdit

Harry, who works for the Texas State Hall of Records, is persuaded to get involved in his friend's rouse in hiding papers of the annullment of Pam's first marriage to him, a one Ed Haynes, a Vietnam Vet, who was an old Army buddy of Harry's, from the Ewings, as, when visited by Pam, Bobby and Cliff, he claims that there was never an annullment filed, when, in actuality, one was indeed filed in 1970, when Pam and Ed were briefly wed.

Ed promises to give him a tenth of whatever he can milk out of the Ewing kitty, as he, initially, tries to scam $1000 out of ex-wife Pam, but when he learns that his ex is married into the Ewing fortune through hubby Bobby, he tries to "up the ante" and possibly bilk millions in threatening to go to the press about Pam's "bigamy", which is exactly where Harry, who was only in it to get $100 or so, gets cold feet.

To that end, as a means to protect himself from the wrath of powerful Ewing clan and their high-priced lawyers, reveals to Bobby, Pam and Cliff, who make a return trip to the Hall of Records to talk to him, reveals that he made an extra copy of the original papers, as Haynes, who was duped anyhow by a rouse by Pam and Bobby which led him to think Pam was divorcing Bobby, and losing financial ties to the Ewings, has already skipped town!

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