R | | Comedy, Musical
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.
For its American network tele premiere, an alternate cut of the film was assembled. Several different shots were seen in "20 Fans", "The Aggie Song", and during Melvin Thorpe's raid on The Chicken Ranch to remove nudity, and it included Ed Earl's ballad "Where Stallions Run", which was omitted from the theatrical version. Variations of this version of the film (oftentimes with further editing) went on to play regularly on television until early in the twenty-first century, when most stations switched to high definition, and needed a higher-quality print, at which point, an edited copy of the theatrical cut was substituted.
It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
During the song "Little Bitty Pissant Country Place", Dolly welcomes some gentleman callers. She says "well howdy boys" and walks towards them smiling. Her mouth is clearly visible and she is not speaking but we hear her saying. "It's good to see you. Nice to meet you."
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.
$11,874,268 (USA) (25 July 1982)
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