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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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John O'Hanlan
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Harley Sullivan
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Jenny
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Opal Ann
Elaine Devry ...
Pauline
Robert Middleton ...
Barkeeper - Great Plains Saloon
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Marshal Anderson
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Jedediah W. Willowby
Jackie Russell ...
Carrie Virginia
Jackie Joseph ...
Annie Jo
Sharon DeBord ...
Sara Jean (as Sharon De Bord)
Richard Collier ...
Nathan Potter
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Charlie Bannister
Jean Willes ...
Alice
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Corey Bannister
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The political subtext was a reference to the real life political differences of James Stewart and Henry Fonda. See more »

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During the Bannister gang shootout, a long shot shows three of the gang shooting while previous close shots had reduced the gang to two members. See more »

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Jenny: Did you ever love a woman, Johnny? I mean, really love her?
John O'Hanlan: Yeah. Thought I did once. Come to find out it was indigestion.
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Music and Lyrics by Walter Scharf, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Henry Fonda (uncredited)
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Inheriting A Bordello
18 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cowboy James Stewart gets a letter that's followed him through many jobs for almost two years. It seems as though his prosperous brother from Cheyenne died and left him a going business, something called The Cheyenne Social Club. So Stewart quits his job in Texas and rides to Cheyenne to claim his inheritance and saddle pal Henry Fonda goes along for the ride.

The Cheyenne Social Club rises and falls on the chemistry between its two stars and this one rises like the lightest of angel food cake. The two movie icons and best friends from Princeton days are so perfectly cast it's a shame they didn't make a sequel and have some further adventures.

No doubt also these two helped director Gene Kelly over the rough patches in a movie genre he really wasn't familiar with. Kelly was wise enough to cast the film with a whole lot of players familiar with the western genre. And he was wise enough to give all these people their head and they don't let him down.

It turns out that The Cheyenne Social Club is a bordello under the temporary management of Shirley Jones. It's quite an institution in Cheyenne, but it doesn't quite seem right for Stewart, something a working cowboy can enjoy, but not live off. Of course his friend Fonda seems to have settled down quite nicely there.

Fonda's part could have been the great grandfather of the character he played in The Rounders. Apparently whatever suits Stewart just tickles Fonda plumb to death.

Best moment in the film is when Jimmy Stewart gets the best of bad guy Robert J. Wilke in a gunfight after he beats up Shirley Jones. Of course it's with the help of Fonda and a noisy pecan. Has to be seen to be appreciated.

This was James Stewart's last starring western and a great one to go out on as well.


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