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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The (1982, Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds)



Boisterous film version of the hit Broadway musical about the Chicken Ranch, a cozy Texas brothel run by a madam (Dolly Parton), who has a long-running relationship with the local sheriff (Burt Reynolds). Trouble looms for the happy couple when authorities threaten to shut down the place. Charles Durning (nominated for an Academy Award) has a star turn as the all-singing, all-dancing Texas governor.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was not Burt Reynolds’ first shot at musical comedy. He had earlier starred in Peter Bogdanovich’s flop homage to Thirties musicals, At Long Last Love (1975).

production details
USA | 114 minutes | 1982

Director: Colin Higgins
Producers: Robert L. Boyett, Edward K. Milkis, Thomas L. Miller
Director of Photography: William A. Fraker
Editors: David Bretherton, Nicholas Eliopoulos
Music: Carol Hall, Patrick Williams
Script: Colin Higgins, Larry L. King, Peter Masterson
Production Design: Robert F. Boyle, Norman Newberry

Charles Durning as Governor
Ted Gehring as Sheriff Chapman
Noah Beery, Jr. as Edsel
Dolly Parton as Mona Stangley
Ken Magee as Mansel
Dom DeLuise as Melvin P. Thorpe
Burt Reynolds as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Jim Nabors as Deputy Fred
Robert Mandan as Sen. Charles Wingwood
Lois Nettleton as Dulcie Mae
Theresa Merritt as Jewel
Barry Corbin as C.J.
Mary Jo Catlett as Rita Crowell
Mary Louise Wilson as Miss Modene
Howard K. Smith as Himself
Terri Treas as Chicken Ranch Girl
Paula Shaw as Wulla Jean
Alice Drummond as Governor’s Secretary
Victoria Wells as Washing Girl
Anne Gaybis as Chicken Ranch Girl (uncredited)
Raleigh Bond as Mayor
Gail Benedict as Chicken Ranch Girl
Lee Lund as Chicken Ranch Girl
Paula Lynn as Chicken Ranch Girl
Lily Mariye as Chicken Ranch Girl
Andrea Pike as Chicken Ranch Girl
Terry Calloway as Chicken Ranch Girl (as Terrie M. Robinson)
Jennifer Nairn-Smith as Chicken Ranch Girl
Melanie Winter as Chicken Ranch Girl
Brian Bullard as Aggie
Jeff Calhoun as Aggie (as Jeffrey Calhoun)
David Warren Gibson as Aggie
Sandi Johnson as Chicken Ranch Girl