Today's movie is an old favorite of mine, The Cheyenne Social Club. I probably should put this off until I have more time to really do it justice, but I do not want to make you wait for this one. There is no way you can not love a movie with a star studded cast that includes James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Jones. When you add that, it was directed and produced by Gene Kelly, you know it will be a sure fire winner!
This movie is funny, dramatic, heartwarming and just down right entertaining. The Cheyenne Social Club was released in 1970. It was produced by Cinema Center Films and distributed by National General Pictures.
The story is set in 1867. Two aging Texas cowboys, John O'Hanlan (Stewart) and Harley Sullivan (Ford), are working cattle ranges when John gets a letter from a lawyer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The letter informs him that his brother is dead and has left him The Cheyenne Social Club. John and Harley set out to Cheyenne to check out his inheritance. Upon arriving in Cheyenne John learns to his dismay that The Cheyenne Social Club is in fact a high-class brothel.
John has no desire to own a brothel and decides to turn the club into a boarding house. This decisions causes problems with the women working in the club and the men in town as well. As John tries to put his plan into action, he learns there is a provision in the will that the property would revert to the railroad if the women should ever move out.
John tries to keep his distance from the working ladies until Jenny (Jones), the Club's madam, is beaten by a man named Bannister. John confronts Bannister and the two have a showdown. John kills the man and regains the favor of the townspeople. Unfortunately, Bannister had family who now seek revenge and sides end up facing off at The Cheyenne Social Club.
The ending wraps up the story very nicely and all parties find their happy endings, of sorts. But do not take my word for it, check out this movie for yourself while you munch on a snack that is thought to date back to Native beginnings, Fried Green Tomatoes. I would suggest getting these good and crispy and try them with different dips: Ranch, salsa, Tzatziki sauce, or even a nice spice Sriracha cream cheese dip. Let your imagination run wild.
Now, it's time to get your snacks and settle in for another great movie!
Today's movie snack comes from a Cheyenne recipe. While this food is known as a staple across the U.S. south, it is believed to have started with Native Americans. Of course, I'm talking about Fried Green Tomatoes. To save me some work this week, I am just going to post the recipe here for you.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ingredients: 5 large green tomatoes 2 1/2 cups coarse ground yellow cornmeal Oil or lard for frying
salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions: Slice the tomatoes in half inch slices.
Sprinkle with salt.
Let them rest for 10-15 minutes.
Blot dry, then sprinkle with pepper.
Coat the slices in cornmeal.
Heat your oil in a large skillet.
Fry slices until both sides are brown.