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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

A town's sheriff and regular patron of a historical whorehouse fights to keep it running when a TV reporter targets it as the Devil's 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
Robert Mandan ...
Senator Wingwood
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Dulcie Mae
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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)  »

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La mejor casita de placer  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$69,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

At the time of its release had the highest weekend box office opening for an R rated picture with 11,874,268. A record broke just two years later by "Beverly Hills Cop" with its 15,214,805 weekend gross. See more »

Goofs

When dancing to "Sneaking around with you" Ed Earl has a blanket wrapped around him. It changes length and the way it's tied several times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Connections

Referenced in Too Close for Comfort: Home Is Where the Bart Is (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Courtyard Shag
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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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