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Johnny Lee left and Mickey Gilley outside the famous Pasadena honky-tonk.

Looking for a city cowboy

Photo courtesy Third Coast Talent. There was a shooting gallery on premises, punching bags next to the pool tables, pinball machines, arm wrestling, and a rodeo arena that featured a new entertainment contraption called a mechanical bull. Like most any honky-tonk, it had a rough side that could bring out the worst in some. Fights were part of the show. That article led to a movie deal, a screenplay written by Latham and James Bridges, and the film, much of which was shot on premises.

Looking for a city cowboy

The lead characters, whose names were changed to Bud and Sissy, were played by Travolta—the hottest male lead in Hollywood who was fresh off the films Grease and Saturday Night Fever —and Winger, a moon-eyed tough girl. Club regulars got roles as extras.

Looking for a city cowboy

Mickey Gilley had a No. Mechanical bulls became a thing. Practically every other nightspot worth its beer had to have one. Gator Conley, the Gilleyrat who worked as a vending machine mechanic and was known as the best dancer and mechanical bull rider at the club, became almost as famous as Travolta for his appearance in the film. The high lasted for three years or so before the savings and loan scandal centered in Texas erupted and the last ificant recession hit Houston.

The regulars moved on. Mickey Gilley sued Cryer incharging Cryer failed to maintain the venue and was cheating him out of his share of profits.

Looking for a city cowboy

The club closed late the next year. The main building burned to the ground several months later in July Although officials ruled it was arson with Cryer, a prime suspect, denying any allegationsno one was ever charged. What remained of the structure was demolished in at the request of the Pasadena Independent School District, which in bought the land where the club once operated. Mickey Gilley would find happiness building a theater in the country music tourist mecca of Branson, Missouri.

Looking for a city cowboy

But after re-watching it, I found Urban Cowboy more enjoyable as a period piece that captures Houston at a real moment, when a peculiar place and the folks who frequented it defined a distinct culture that was neither urban nor rural. John Travolta and Debra Winger are credible blue-collar characters who seem to fall in and out and in love a little too easily. But watching the actor two-step with Winger on their first dance, their hands, hips, and feet glued together gliding and skipping as one, makes up for a lot.

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