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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  23 July 1982 (USA)
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Town Sheriff and regular patron, fights to keep a historical whorehouse open when a TV preacher targets it as the Devils playhouse.

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A madame and a sheriff trying to save their local whorehouse.

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Mona Stangley
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Melvin
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Deputy Fred
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Dulcie Mae
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Jewel
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Edsel (as Noah Beery)
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C.J.
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Mansel
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Rita
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Modene
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Howard K. Smith
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Founded in 1910 just outside of the city limits of Gilbert located in Lanville County, Texas, the Chicken Ranch has for generations been known as the best whorehouse in Texas for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, all perpetuated by its original owner, Miss Wulla Jean. Seven years ago, Miss Wulla Jean passed on, leaving the Chicken Ranch to her favorite working girl, Miss Mona Stangley, who wants to keep the same traditions of Miss Wulla Jean. The Chicken Ranch has always had the unofficial blessing of the local authorities, who see the ranch providing an important community service, one which most in local authority have used at one time or another in their life. In fact, Miss Mona and Lanville County Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd have been in a relationship for years, Ed Earl who is Miss Mona's protector, albeit one with a hot temper and good ol' boy attitude that doesn't exactly match the needs of his law upholding position. That blessing may change when television ... Written by Huggo

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With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal!

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Comedy | Musical

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23 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mejor casita de placer  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson and Gene Hackman were both considered to play Ed Earl. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Dodd punches Melvin P. Thorpe and sends him sliding across the floor, Thorpe slides across a design in the floor and stops with his head and shoulders outside the design. The following aerial shot shows him with his head centered perfectly in the middle of the design. See more »

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[first lines]
Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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The Aggie Song
Written by Carol Hall
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Brilliant
21 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie is brilliant. Great soundtrack, great acting and a great story. It's not for everyone but if you like a good light heated movie with a great soundtrack then this is for you. Dolly Parton is beautiful and brilliant as miss Mona and Burt Reynolds is perfect as the sheriff. the supporting cast is as good as you could hope the only downside i can add is nothing its brilliant. towards the end the Governor is brilliant and Dom Delouise play as usual a great part. in finishing its a great movie to watch with the girls with a bottle of wine. But also a good movie to watch with a loved one, i must say the soundtrack is so good i bought it which may not be so impressive but it's the only one i own. Watch the movie i'm sure you will enjoy it


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