If you look back at the movies of the 80's, the lives of sex workers weren't the cautionary tales that have become the norm these days. But if you were making a list of 'happy hooker' movies, the 1982 musical comedy, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas would definitely be in the top five. So today, I decided to give a little love to the movie that gave me my first lesson on 'working girls' and a musical number that I had no right to sing along to as an impressionable little girl: Lil' Bitty Pissant Country Place.
Whorehouse was the story of a plucky madam (Dolly Parton) and her fight to save her brothel, all the while dealing with a complicated romance with the town sheriff (played by Burt Reynolds). The original Broadway show premiered in 1978, but the film was forced to undergo a few changes, and some states even demanded a title change before displaying the poster for the film. But it wasn't just the title that raised eyebrows, and minor changes were also made to the music, and in Country Place, a verse surrounding the challenges of hiring 'married girls' was taken out in the theatrical cut. But there are still plenty of surreal moments in the song to enjoy -- with my personal favorite being Miss Mona sharing her theory on pimps.
The song was our introduction to the lovable hoes that work with Miss Mona, and reminds us that 'there's nothing dirty going on', so if you like what you see, head on over to SlashControl where you can watch the movie for free in all its glory. Besides, what's not to love about a movie starring Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom Deluise, and a chorus line of singing and dancing hookers?
After the jump; 'She pays the food and the rent and the utilities..."
Whorehouse Fun Facts:
- The film was the most successful musical of the 80's.
- You can catch a glimpse of The Chicken Ranch as the Firefly residence in House of 1000 Corpses.
- Other country singers considered for the role of Miss Mona were Crystal Gale and Barbara Mandrell.
As an added bonus: Classic Dolly...