The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)


“I’m not opening any letter from a lawyer on an empty stomach. ” – John O’Hanlan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A rancher inherits a brothel from his deceased brother and must try and figure out how to run the place with dignity.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued to watch due to the on screen teaming of James Stewart and Henry Fonda.

The story itself is quite fun to watch and despite it being filled with lots of innuendo due to the premise, it still finds a way to stay tame.

The duo of actors are great together and the friendship of these characters is made more realistic by the true friendship that they had in real life.

This movie does a nice job of blending together the various comedic and dramatic aspects of this Western and that helps keep things promising throughout.

In addition to the two leads, the supporting cats is also great and they help keep the story’s momentum throughout.

The dialogue is quite enjoyable to listen to and they even allow some of the characters to ramble on about various subjects in very coherent ways which adds so much realism to the whole thing.

Bottom Line – Fun film that is filled with lots of innuendos while still staying tame enough to enjoy. Stewart and Fonda are great together in this film and their real life friendship helps keep the friendship between these characters so realistic feeling. They do a nice job blending together both the comedic and dramatic aspects of the story and that helps things stay promising throughout. The supporting cast does a nice job keeping the momentum of the story moving along. The dialogue is quite fun to listen to and they manage to allow some of the characters to ramble on in a coherent fashion in order to make things feel even more genuine. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Stewart agreed to do the film and suggested to the producers that they offer the part of Harley to his good friend, Henry Fonda. Fonda read the script and agreed to do it but he had one suggestion. In the opening sequence, when the two ride to Cheyenne, his character had no dialog in the script. Fonda innocently asked to give his character something to say. The writer, James Lee Barrett, came up with the speech Fonda gives. For years after the film was released, the sign that hung in the club listing the names of the girls hung in Barrett’s home as a memento. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

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