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Film: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

If you grew up anywhere in Texas, you knew at an early age they was selling somethin' out there - and it wasn't poultry!
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A 1978 stage musical by librettists Larry L. King and Peter Masterson and songwriter Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas ran on Broadway until March 1982, and then staged a return engagement a few months later which ran until July, the same month its film adaptation was released. The film version, directed by Colin Higgins, starred Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Jim Nabors and Charles Durning as the Governor of Texas, and had several extra songs performed and written by Dolly Parton, including "I Will Always Love You."

Mona Stangley is the owner of the Chicken Ranch, a brothel which has been open for business for a century. She is on good terms with Sheriff Ed Dodd, with whom she once had an affair. Unforturnately, their good times are disrupted by Moralist Reporter Melvin P. Thorpe, who brands the Chicken Ranch "The Devil's Den." When Thorpe acts to try to shutdown the Chicken Ranch, Stangley and Dodd must take action.


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