The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,
starring Burt Reynolds as Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd, Dolly
Parton as Mona Stangley, and Dom DeLuise as Melvin P.
Thorpe, was a romantic musical comedy released in 1982.
Because the word “whorehouse” was taboo in some parts of
the country, the film was sometimes billed as “The Best
Little Cathouse in Texas”. The movie was a moderate
success, essentially doubling its money.
In this movie, Sherriff Dodd (Reynolds)
has an on-going relationship with Mona Stangley
(Parton), who is the madam at a local brother called the
“Chicken Ranch”. The ranch, along with its call girls
and patrons, had been a part of Gilbert, Texas for so
long, it was essentially accepted as just another part
of the town. Everything is fine until a big city TV
personality comes to town and does a feature story,
which includes details about the Chicken House. In the
end, the publicity is too much, and the Chicken House