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The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  12 June 1970 (USA)
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An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Sullivan
Opal Ann
Elaine Devry ...
Robert Middleton ...
Barkeeper - Great Plains Saloon
Marshal Anderson
Jedediah W. Willowby
Jackie Russell ...
Carrie Virginia
Jackie Joseph ...
Annie Jo
Sharon DeBord ...
Sara Jean (as Sharon De Bord)
Richard Collier ...
Nathan Potter
Charlie Bannister
Jean Willes ...
Corey Bannister


John is working as a cow poke for very little money with his friend Harley when he gets word his brother, DJ, has left him The Cheyenne Social Club. He and Harley ride for nearly a thousand miles to his inheritance only to find he is now the owner of a first class brothel. Written by John Vogel <>

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12 June 1970 (USA)  »

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Geschossen wird ab Mitternacht  »

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In the last scene, when John receives a letter while working a cattle roundup, the letter is sealed when it's handed to him, but when he takes off his work glove to take the letter out of the envelope and read it, the flap is unsealed, as if it never had been sealed at all. See more »


Harley Sullivan: I've eaten mighty good food in my life, but this weren't part of it.
Cook: Yeah, well, I ain't heard no complaints from none of the others.
Harley Sullivan: Yeah, well, they ain't as well-bred as I am.
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Music and Lyrics by Walter Scharf, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
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A Fun Classic
13 August 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Next to "El Dorado", this is my favorite western. It is fun from start to finish. Best friends in real life play best friends on the Texas panhandle. Jimmy Stewart (John) and Henry Ford (Harley) have been "riding together" for 10 years when John receives a letter from a lawyer in Cheyenne.

With John and Harley being drifters, it has taken the letter two years to catch up to them. John is told his older brother DJ has died and left him a thriving business in Wyoming; The Cheyenne Social Club. Always wanting to be a "Man of Property", John packs up and heads to Cheyenne with Harley in tow (even though neither man knows exactly why Harley feels the need to tag along everywhere John goes).

Both John and Harley are salt-of-the-earth people. Harley has a passion for pecans and John cannot wait to claim his inheritance and become a Republican. The wagon wheel comes off when John realizes the Cheyenne Social Club is actually an high end, upscale brothel. The ladies who live in the equisitly furnished house are the cream of the crop, expecting nothing but the best from themselves and their clientelle. When John pops into the picture, the ladies fancy him a hero although John has plans to turn the house into a legitimate business.

The casting and directing of this film is perfectly done. Shirley Jones is the Madam of the house and all the ladies cast give prostitutes a fine name. Gene Kelly (yes that Gene Kelly) directs this enjoyably light fare with a smooth touch.

Why this was not made into a series of movies, I'll never know. There could have been 2 sequels based on the strength of the cast's chemistry alone. If an attempt to remake this wonderful film is ever undertaken, it's success or failure will rely on the casting. Like "Fun with Dick and Jane" and "Bewitched", the wrong combination of actors can kill a great storyline.

This is a 9 out of 10 stars. It must be viewed the first time over a dinner of steak and beer with a room full of friends and the sweet smell of perfume in the air.

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