The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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The town sheriff and a madame team up to stop a televison evanagelist from shutting down the local whorehouse, the famed "Chicken Ranch."


  • Burt Reynolds
  • Dolly Parton
  • Dom DeLuise
  • Charles Durning
  • Jim Nabors
  • Robert Mandan
  • Lois Nettleton
  • Theresa Merritt
  • Noah Beery Jr.
  • Raleigh Bond

Did You Know?


  • This was based upon a true story in which investigative reporter Marvin Zindler (who inspired Dom DeLuise's "Melvin P. Thorpe" character) closed down the "Chicken Ranch" brothel in LaGrange, Texas, in 1973. Zindler remained with ABC affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston until his death in 2007.
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  • 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."
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    • [first lines]
    • Deputy Fred: It was the nicest little whorehouse you ever saw!
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Entertainments like this are what Hollywood is said to be all about: larger than life personalities redeeming material smaller than a breadbox. [23 July 1982]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

If they ever give Dolly her freedom and stop packaging her so antiseptically, she could be terrific. But Dolly and Burt and Whorehouse never get beyond the concept stage in this movie.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times