When this movie was first released in theatres, and on its first ABC TV airing, it featured Burt Reynolds singing a song. (The song is in the scene immediately following his confrontation with Miss Mona, in which he orders her to shut down the Chicken Ranch. In the video release, and in the current TV version, that sequence has been removed On the new version, Burt is seen briefly in a "contemplation" link sequence. The tune (written by Dolly Parton) which Burt originally sang on the movie was used in Dolly's "Rhinestone" movie. She wrote totally new words to the music and titled the song "God Won't Get You". (Also a single release for Dolly on RCA).
The use of the word "Whorehouse" in the title caused controversy. In Canada, TV ads for the film bleeped the word, and in some locales the name of the film was changed to Best Little Cathouse in Texas. Network and non-cable TV versions use a differently edited opening credits sequence to remove nudity and sex.
In the original theatrical release and on the soundtrack, near the end of "Twenty Fans," a customer sings, "I'm comin'! I'm comin'! I wanna thank you--I wanna thank you, Jesus!" On later network and even premium channel cable broadcasts, this is replaced by a chorus of voices singing, "Hallelujah!"
Many older prints of the film which don't feature Burt Reynold's solo song "Where Stallions Run" still list the song in the end credits. In more recent prints of the film, the credit has been removed.