The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

Premiere of the movie "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" is celebrated with a country-music bash.


Jack Regas




Credited cast:
Burt Reynolds ... Himself
Dolly Parton ... Herself
Charles Durning ... Himself
Jim Nabors ... Himself
Jerry Reed ... Himself - Host
The Statler Brothers The Statler Brothers ... Themselves
Mel Tillis ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda Blake ... Herself
Dom DeLuise ... Himself
Tanya Tucker ... Herself


Premiere of the movie "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" is celebrated with a country-music bash.

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With Bert and Dolly, This Much Fun Can't be Legal!


Documentary | Music







Release Date:

16 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Photophone System)


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Did You Know?


The movie's bloopers were first glimpsed in this special. They went on to appear in Dick Clark bloopers shows, and some of them were included with the film's DVD and blu ray releases. See more »


Features The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) See more »


Sugar Foot Rag
Written by Vaughn Horton
Performed by Jerry Reed
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Not very "special"
17 May 2010 | by VinnieRattolleSee all my reviews

I spent YEARS trying to get a copy of this TV special, thinking it was some grand and glorious tie-in with the film. Unfortunately, that's hardly the case. This seems to have been filmed at a two-day celebration of the Austin, Texas premiere of "Best Little Whorehouse." The first half hour takes place in front of the set of the Chicken Ranch house where Jerry Reed, Stuttering Mel Tillis and Dolly Parton perform songs unrelated to the film. Next is an overlong look at the Austin premiere of the movie, then a post-show banquet with Burt Reynolds emceeing and another unrelated performance by The Statler Brothers.

Aside from the glimpse of the film's premiere (which IS interesting but drags on way too long), the only other highlight for fans of the film is a handful of bloopers that didn't make it to the DVD (Reynolds fumbling to unholster his gun, Parton having trouble working a window shade, etc.) and a couple clips from the movie ("The Sidestep," "I Will Always Love You," "Sneakin' Around," "Little Bitty Pissant Country Place"). There's no behind-the-scenes glimpses, no Dom DeLuise (who they mentioned was ill), no Lois Nettleton, no Theresa Merritt, no director Collin Higgins -- and not even Marvin Zindler (aka the REAL Melvin P. Thorpe). Parton is ever-present but doesn't have a lot to say; Reynolds talks a lot without really saying "a damn thing;" Jim Nabors has little to do except play Gomer Pyle; and Charles Durning seems to only be there to grimace.

All in all, I was far more entertained by the vintage commercials than the program itself... and even those were nothing special. It's worth seeking out for the bloopers (Parton and the window shade also surfaced on one of Dick Clark's shows) or the performances if you're a fan of the artists, but overall I found it tediously disappointing.

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