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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 preacher targets it as the Devil's playhouse.

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Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
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Mona Stangley
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Melvin
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Governor
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Deputy Fred
Robert Mandan ...
Senator Wingwood
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Dulcie Mae
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Edsel (as Noah Beery)
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C.J.
Ken Magee ...
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

Burt Reynolds last day on the film was December 11, 1981. See more »

Goofs

During the song "Little Bitty Pissant Country Place", Dolly welcomes some gentleman callers. She says "well howdy boys" and walks towards them smiling. Her mouth is clearly visible and she is not speaking but we hear her saying. "It's good to see you. Nice to meet you." See more »

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[first lines]
Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Hard Candy Christmas
Written by Carol Hall
Performed by Dolly Parton
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Must see musical
24 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

For those of us who really watch musicals for the music this is one of the quintessential musicals of it's time . There is in particular one song that is constantly stuck in my head from this show even 25 years after its original release. The classic " Nothing Dirty Going on" stands up well with the likes of Moulon rouge , and Chicago. Expect a bit of camp humor here as Dolly was made for this roll.

It's classic dolly showing up everyone else in this over the top cast and making em all look like a bunch of fools by doing her part so well. Deloise and Reynolds are clearly struggling to keep up with her acting wise throughout the film and it's blatantly obvious Dolly had way way too much fun in this roll.

A great musical on a true story that really could use a remake with the right cast .


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