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The Ballad of Josie (1967)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Western | 1 February 1968 (USA)
A widow stirs things up in a western town by raising sheep instead of cattle, and organizing the local women to demonstrate for women's suffrage.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

Harold Swanton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Josie Minick
Peter Graves ... Jason Meredith
George Kennedy ... Arch Ogden
Andy Devine ... Judge Tatum
William Talman ... District Attorney Charlie Lord
David Hartman ... Sheriff Fonse Pruitt
Guy Raymond ... Doc
Audrey Christie ... Annabelle Pettijohn
Karen Jensen ... Deborah Wilkes
Elisabeth Fraser ... Widow Renfrew
Linda Meiklejohn Linda Meiklejohn ... Jenny McCardle
Shirley O'Hara ... Elizabeth
Timothy Scott ... Klugg
Don Stroud ... Bratsch
Paul Fix ... Alpheus Minick
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Storyline

Josie Minick is a widow, who is forced to fend for herself. Josie living in a cattle country, finds herself in odds and war with the cattlemen of the town, when she decides to make a sheep farm her livelihood. Written by Kelly

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The wildest, woolist sheepwoman who ever cowed a herd of cattle barons! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that this movie was one of her least favorite films, also citing Caprice (1967), Do Not Disturb (1965), and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), all films, for which her husband and manager, Martin Melcher, signed her, without her consent. See more »

Goofs

Josie gets caught on a roll of flypaper, the type of which was not invented until 50 years after the movie was set. See more »

Quotes

Jason Meredith: You know, they say that the admission of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom. I don't know a thing about women. I never did.
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Connections

Referenced in Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Till Tomorrow
Lyrics by Jack Lloyd
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by The Sun Set
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Better than I expected
10 March 2019 | by THEWRITEGUY-1See all my reviews

I can now say I have seen EVERY Doris Day movie she ever made. I was in no rush to see THE BALLAD OF JOSIE because of the generally bad reviews. (And the snide Women's Lib jabs here are very unfair and wrong-headed!) So on a VERY rainy evening when it appeared on cable, I thought I'd give it a go.

It started off slow with a seemingly endless eulogy of Doris's no-good husband by Andy Devine, but it took off after that.

Certainly not one of her better films, but absolutely not her worst (CAPRICE and STARLIFT are tied for that "honor"). but she is really very good -- as usual. I rooted for her/Josie every step of the way.

I recommend it -- especially since the tide has changed in the past 50+ years and viewers will see some fresh topicality in it in 2019.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,320,000
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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