An aging cowboy finds to his embarrassment that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.

Director:

Gene Kelly

Writers:

James Lee Barrett, Davis Grubb (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... John O'Hanlan
Henry Fonda ... Harley Sullivan
Shirley Jones ... Jenny
Sue Ane Langdon ... Opal Ann
Elaine Devry ... Pauline
Robert Middleton ... Barkeep - Great Plains Saloon
Arch Johnson ... Marshal Anderson
Dabbs Greer ... Willowby
Jackie Russell Jackie Russell ... Carrie Virginia
Jackie Joseph ... Annie Jo
Sharon DeBord Sharon DeBord ... Sara Jean (as Sharon De Bord)
Richard Collier ... Nathan Potter
Charles Tyner ... Charlie Bannister
Jean Willes ... Alice
Robert J. Wilke ... Corey Bannister
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Out of the blue, the grizzled farm hand, John O'Hanlan, receives an unexpected letter from an unknown solicitor in the far off town of Cheyenne, Wyoming, informing him that he is the proud owner of the Cheyenne Social Club, now that his estranged brother, D.J., has passed away. Eager to trade in the dusty landscapes of 1867 Texas for an easy life as a businessman--and at the same time intrigued--John sets out on a long trip along with his best friend, Harley Sullivan, to create a better future for himself. Somehow, John's newest and only acquisition has both a good and a bad reputation; either way, the establishment's inexperienced manager now holds the fates of its loyal staff in his hands: a beautiful sextet of dedicated, and above all, popular female employees. However, is John cut out for business? Written by Nick Riganas

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1860s | henchman | song | singer | singing | See All (92) »

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They made their own laws at "The Cheyenne Social Club" ... no wonder everyone's dying to get in! See more »


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

Goofs

As John and Harley sit at the table waiting for their steaks after the gunfight, John pours Harley then himself a whiskey, the color of the which is pale. When John talks to the Marshal moments later, he holds up his glass, and the whiskey is a shade darker. In the next shot of John and Harley, John's whiskey is back to its original color. See more »

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Barkeep - Great Plains Saloon: [O'Hanlon enters the saloon, looking for the man who beat up Jenny] What do you want, O'Hanlon?
John O'Hanlan: The man that beat up one of my... one of my girls. They tell me his name is Corey Bannister, and they tell me I can recognize him by a streak of yellow down his back.
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Featured in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

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Rolling Stone
Music and Lyrics by Walter Scharf, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Henry Fonda (uncredited)
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The calming influence of Stewart and Fonda
7 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

No matter how many movies teamed Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda, it was not enough. Gene Kelly directs the pair here in a simple story of long-time friendship in the Old West, familiar ground, sure, but a story that always brings a smile to my face.

When John O'Hanlan (Stewart) discovers that his long lost brother has died, he's surprised to find that he has inherited a business. Enthusiastically he crosses the country from Texas to Cheyenne to become ‘a man of property', just what he's always wanted.

But the Cheyenne Social Club, his business, is a brothel. The premiere brothel in this boom town, sure, but that's not exactly what O'Hanlan had in mind. Thankfully his riding partner Harley Sullivan (Fonda) has tagged along, Harley may have his own point of view on most things, but he does smooth out many of the rough spots they encounter along the way.

Story is predictable, the climax is anti-climatic, but, who cares when you get to see these on-screen buddies in a buddy movie defined.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cheyenne Social Club See more »

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Gross USA:

$107,300
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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