Parton and Reynolds campaigned for the film together, each saying that they wouldn't appear in the film without the other. The pair reportedly spilt $6 million for their roles.
The use of the word "wh*rehouse" 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 differently edited opening credits sequence to remove nudity and sex.
Actress Mary Stuart Masterson's (from "Some Kind Of Wonderful
") father, Peter Masterson, wrote the screenplay for "Best Little...".
Dolly has said that the film came during a personal low for both her and her co-star Burt Reynolds (who was just getting out of a relationship with Sally Field). During the final scene of the film, Burt picks up Dolly and carries her to the truck. It was later revealed that that particular scene put Burt in the hospital for a hernia.
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Although the Broadway stage version of the story did not include a romance between the madame and the sheriff, Dolly Parton
lobbied to adapt the screenplay to include a relationship between her character and Burt Reynolds. Her reason? She said there was no way she was going to be in a movie with Burt Reynolds and not get the chance to kiss him!
During the song "Sneakin' Around," Dolly walks through the bedroom and shuts all the window shades. On an episode of "Bloopers, Bleeps, and Practical Jokes" that aired during the '80's, they revealed that Dolly had alot more trouble getting the second shade to stay down than what you see in the final print of the film.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
When "The Best Little.." was first released in theaters, and on it's first t.v. airing, it featured Burt Reynolds singing a song called "Where Stallions Run" (The song is in the scene immediately following his confrontation with Miss Mona in which he orders her to shut down The Chicken Ranch).
In the video release, and in the current t.v. version, that sequence has been removed. On the new version, Burt is seen briefly in a 'contemplation' link sequence.
The song (written by Dolly Parton) which Burt originally sang in the movie was reworked. She wrote totally new words to the music and titled the song "A Cowboys Ways" and you can find it on her "Burlap & Satin" LP along with another song, called "A Gamble Either Way" which was also cut from the film.