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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ()


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A town's Sheriff and regular patron of a historical whorehouse fights to keep it running when a television reporter 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
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Senator Wingwood
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Dulcie Mae
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Jewel
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Edsel (as Noah Beery)
Raleigh Bond ...
Mayor
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C.J.
Ken Magee ...
Mansel
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Rita
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Modene
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Howard K. Smith
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Chicken Ranch Girl
Valerie Leigh Bixler ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
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Chicken Ranch Girl
Carol Culver ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
Lorraine Fields ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
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Chicken Ranch Girl
Sandi Johnson ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
Lee Lund ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
Paula Lynn ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
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Chicken Ranch Girl
Andrea Pike ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
Terry Calloway ...
Chicken Ranch Girl (as Terrie M. Robinson)
Jennifer Nairn-Smith ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
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Chicken Ranch Girl
Melanie Winter ...
Chicken Ranch Girl
Stephen Bray ...
Aggie
Brian Bullard ...
Aggie
Jeff Calhoun ...
Aggie (as Jeffrey Calhoun)
Gary Chapman ...
Aggie
John Dolf ...
Aggie
David Engel ...
Aggie
Edmond Alan Forsyth ...
Aggie (as Ed Forsyth)
Mark Fotopoulos ...
Aggie
Michael Fullington ...
Aggie
David Warren Gibson ...
Aggie
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Aggie
Jeffrey Hornaday ...
Aggie
Patrick Maguire ...
Aggie
Ted Marriot ...
Aggie
Jerry Mitchell ...
Aggie
Steven Moore ...
Aggie
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Aggie
Kevin Ryan ...
Aggie
Tim Topper ...
Aggie
Marvin Tunney ...
Aggie
Randy Val Cupp ...
Aggie
Robert Warners ...
Aggie
Robin Lynn Funk ...
Dogette
Larry Kenton ...
Dogette
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Dogette (as Edie Lehmann)
Mark Thomas McGee ...
Dogette (as Mark McGee)
Karen McLain ...
Dogette
Benjamin Taylor ...
Dogette
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Dogette
Ty Whitney ...
Dogette
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Melvin's Crew (as Robert Briscoe)
John Walter Davis ...
Melvin's Crew
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Melvin's Crew
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Melvin's Crew
Larry B. Williams ...
Melvin's Crew
Harvey Christiansen ...
Old Farmer
Donald F. Colson ...
Jeff Gerald
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Dora
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Henry
Bobby Fite ...
Dulcie Mae's Son
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Wulla Jean
Kenneth White ...
Sheriff Jack Roy
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Sheriff Chapman
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TV Station Manager
Verne Lundquist ...
Verne Lundquist (as Vern Lundquist)
Lee Grosscup ...
Lee Grossip
Lee Ritchey ...
Governor's Aide
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Governor's Secretary
Thomas Myers ...
Senator's Aide (as Thomas R. Myers)
Victoria Wells ...
Washing Girl
Karyn Harrison ...
Chicken Girl
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Privates Boy
Willie T. Neely ...
Nester
Harold Offer ...
Nester
Kenneth Threadgill ...
Nester
John Edson ...
Male Reporter
Robert Ginnaven ...
Male Reporter
Sharon Ammann ...
Female Reporter
Claudette Gardner ...
Female Reporter
Suzi McLaughlin ...
Female Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Bridges ...
Chicken Ranch Girl Raid (uncredited)
Chuck Dawson ...
JukeBox Delivery Man (uncredited)
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Chicken Ranch Girl (uncredited)
Larry Gilman ...
50's Vignette (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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World War II Girl (uncredited)
Catherine Wilkinson ...
Young Whore Dancer (uncredited)
Bret Williams ...
Silhouette Cowboy (uncredited)
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Working Girl in Whorehouse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Colin Higgins

Written by

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Larry L. King ... (play) and
Peter Masterson ... (play)
 
Larry L. King ... (screenplay) &
Peter Masterson ... (screenplay) and
Colin Higgins ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert L. Boyett ... producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott ... co-producer
Edward K. Milkis ... producer
Thomas L. Miller ... producer

Music by

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Carol Hall
Patrick Williams ... (original background music)

Cinematography by

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William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Bretherton
Nicholas Eliopoulos
Walter Hannemann ... (as Walt Hannemann)
Pembroke J. Herring
Jack Hofstra

Editorial Department

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Neil Brewer ... assistant editor
John W. Carr ... assistant editor (as John Carr)
William Essary ... assistant editor (as Bill Essary)
Erica Flaum ... assistant editor
Jack Garsha ... color timer
Phil Hetos ... color consultant
David A. Simmons ... assistant editor (as David Simmons)

Casting By

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Terry Liebling ... (as Terry H. Liebling)

Production Design by

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Robert F. Boyle

Art Direction by

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Norman Newberry

Set Decoration by

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Arthur Jeph Parker ... (as Arthur J. Parker)

Costume Design by

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Theadora Van Runkle

Makeup Department

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Pete Altobelli ... makeup artist (as Peter Altobelli)
Cindy Baggett ... body makeup
Irene De'Atley ... hair stylist
Tom Ellingwood ... makeup artist: Mr. Reynolds (as Tom Eillingwood)
Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist: Mr. Reynolds
Barbara Lorenz ... hair stylist
Colleen Owens ... hair stylist: Miss Parton
Lorraine Roberson ... hair stylist: Miss Parton
Marvin G. Westmore ... makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
Brad Wilder ... makeup artist: Miss Parton

Production Management

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Peter Macgregor-Scott ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Emmitt-Leon O'Neill ... second assistant director (as Emmitt-Leon O'Neil)
Jack Frost Sanders ... first assistant director
Jim Van Wyck ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Carl Aldana ... production illustrator
Tom Bartholomew ... standby painter
Bob Cameron ... greensman
Marco A. Campos ... propmaker
Mentor Huebner ... illustrator
Joseph Hurley ... production illustrator
Greg C. Jensen ... general construction foreman
Daniel Maltese ... set designer
Frank Mitchell ... greensman
Jerry Moss ... propmaster (as Gerald Moss)
Ken Peterson ... assistant propmaster (as Kenneth Peterson)
Phil Read ... construction coordinator
Frank Richwood ... assistant art director
Art Schneider ... leadman (as Arthur Schneider)
Curtis A. Schnell ... set designer
Robert A. Sturtevant ... stand-by propmaker
Ted Wilson ... carpenter
Glenn Dunn ... propmaker (uncredited)
Clarence Fay Konkel ... carpenter: set (uncredited)
Robert Misetich ... painter (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella ... scenic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bill Becker ... playback operator
Carl Fischer ... playback operator
Craig Herring ... assistant sound editor
Glenn Hoskinson ... sound editor
Gil Hudson ... dialogue replacement editor
Walt Jenevein ... sound editor
William B. Kaplan ... sound mixer
Steve Klinghoffer ... cableman
Stanley H. Polinsky ... sound re-recording
Earl Sampson ... boom operator
John Stacy ... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler ... sound editor
John J. Stephens ... sound re-recording
Kyle Wright ... sound editor
Ross Taylor ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Fred Z. Gebler ... special effects (as Fred Gebler)

Visual Effects by

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Henry Schoessler ... credited / visual effects
Bill Taylor ... matte photographer
Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects

Stunts

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Eddie Hice ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fredrick Albrecht ... best boy grip (as Frederick Albrecht)
Dave Anderberg ... grip
Gerald H. Boatright ... best boy electric (as Gerald Boatright)
Steve Bridge ... camera operator
Bobby Byrne ... additional photographer
Joe Collins ... best boy grip
Gary R. Dodd ... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Lindsay P. Hill ... vtr operator
Gary Holt ... gaffer
Jan Koshay ... dolly grip
Peter Kuttner ... first assistant second unit
Nick McLean ... camera operator
Bob Mundell ... best boy electric (as Bob Mundell Jr.)
Michael Orefice ... electrician
Doug Pentek ... gaffer (as Douglas Pentek)
Keith Peterman ... first assistant camera
Steven Poster ... additional photographer
Calmar Roberts ... first assistant camera (as Cal Roberts)
Robbie Robinson ... still photographer
Andy Romanoff ... louma crane
Bobby Thomas ... first assistant camera
Lawrence Grauman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ann Lukacs ... second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Liz Keigley ... casting: Texas
Shari Rhodes ... casting: Texas

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bruce Ericksen ... wardrobe: men (as Bruce Erickson)
April Ferry ... wardrobe: women
Bruce R. Hogard ... wardrobe: men
Kathleen Lawrence ... wardrobe: women
Michael Lynn ... wardrobe: men
Norman Salling ... wardrobe: Mr. Reynolds
Shirlee Strahm ... wardrobe: Miss Parton

Location Management

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Dow Griffith ... location manager
Chris Karamanos ... location catering

Music Department

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Bob Alcivar ... musical arranger: underscore
Richard Baskin ... music consultant
George Brand ... music editor
George Doering ... musician
Gene N. Fowler ... music editor
Michael Fowler ... music editor
Earle Hagen ... dance orchestrator / orchestrator
Carol Hall ... lyricist
Jack Hayes ... dance orchestrator
Roger Jaep ... assistant music editor
Billy May ... dance orchestrator
Dolly Parton ... composer: additional songs / music supervisor
Gregg Perry ... music arranger / music producer / music supervisor
Shorty Rogers ... musical arranger: underscore
Herbert W. Spencer ... underscore orchestrator (as Herb Spencer)
Dan Wallin ... music re-mix
Patrick Williams ... orchestrator
Donald Woods ... underscore music editor (as Don Woods)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Patrick Williams ... conductor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joseph Lockwood ... driver / transportation
Tony Monzo ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Michael Bourne ... production associate
Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist
Theresa Burt ... production assistant
Cadence Cloggers of Austin ... dancers
Janet M. Daube ... assistant to Colin Higgins
Robert Davenport ... animal trainer (as Bobby J. Davenport)
Bruce Ehrlich ... auditor
Nicholas Eliopoulos ... pre-production coordinator
Dow Griffith ... assistant producer
Dorain Grusman ... assistant choreographer
Tony Habeeb ... unit publicist
Wally Harper ... dance arranger
Iris Hedrick ... assistant accountant
J. Paul Higgins ... production assistant
Richard Holley ... helicopter pilot (as Rick Holley)
Liz Kohlman ... assistant to Peter Macgregor-Scott
Stevie Myers ... animal trainer
Phill Norman ... title designer
Princess O'Mahoney ... production assistant
Willie Radcliff ... craft service
Bill Rodenbaugh ... production accountant (as William Rodenbaugh)
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Carole Steller ... assistant to Edward K. Milkis
Tony Stevens ... choreographer
Dorothy Vitale ... first aid

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 little 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 died, 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 lives. 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 personality and consumer watchdog, Melvin P. Thorpe, one of the most powerful men in the state, starts an on-air exposé of the illegal activities at the Chicken Ranch, the exposé which includes Ed Earl's role in letting it happen. Ed Earl and Miss Mona's relationship goes through some difficult times on how to deal with this issue, especially with the upcoming annual party night with the players following the Thanksgiving Day football game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M, this party which is arguably the Chicken Ranch's busiest night of the year, and one filled with tradition for the ranch and the participating schools. Will the Chicken Ranch be able to remain open especially in light of a spineless Governor who sways to the direction of polls, and will Ed Earl and Miss Mona's relationship be able to withstand the pressure? Written by Huggo

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Taglines With Burt and Dolly this much fun just couldn't be legal! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Best Little Cathouse in Texas (Canada, English title)
  • La cage aux poules (France)
  • La casa más divertida de Texas (Spain)
  • Najlepszy maly burdelik w Teksasie (Poland)
  • To kalytero porneio tou Texas (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,874,268, 25 Jul 1982

Did You Know?

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Trivia While filming the ending scene, Burt Reynolds got a double hernia from picking up Dolly Parton. He often joked to Dolly that he'd think of her every time he got a pang of pain. See more »
Goofs Miss Mona tells Sheriff Dodd she "has not been on the 11 o'clock news" before. Being in the central time zone, all Houston TV stations run their news at 10 o'clock, not 11. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sisters, Barbarosa, The Road Warrior (1982). See more »
Soundtracks 20 Fans See more »
Quotes Miss Mona: You know, it's always a business doing pleasure with you, Charlie!
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