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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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Taglines:

DORIS (CALAMITY JOSIE) DAY in "THE BALLAD OF JOSIE" (original ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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, 31 December 1968
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Doris Day wrote in her 1975 autobiography that this was one of the films that she did not want to do, but was forced to do because her husband and manager Martin Melcher had power of attorney, and signed her for it without her knowledge or consent. She called this a "second-rate television western" that required her to get up at 4:30 every morning. However, she did enjoy the camaraderie of the cast members. 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

Mooney: You hardly think she could shoot that thing.
Jason Meredith: Ah, that woman gets crazy every so often.
Mooney: Yeah, they're prisoners of their juices.
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Connections

Featured in What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Till Tomorrow
Lyrics by Jack Lloyd
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by The Sun Set
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It's a man's world
14 September 2004 | by mime.deSee all my reviews

Today I have seen again this kind of a western comedy after several years. Now, after watching much more bad movies like this, I found this star-vehicle not funny. Sooner embarrassing, for example the scene when Miss Day is disturbing a meeting of the cattlemen. She comes in and drinks two brandy to demonstrate that she is hardboiled like George Kennedy. Or Peter Graves, off course. Oh boy, after five minutes she is completely drunken, just by two glasses of liquor. So we see, and Doris too: It's a man's world, and women have to respect men's opinion, shut up, wear skirts and kiss at last a big strong, guy like Peter Graves. Long winded, unfunny, boring, without any surprising scenes or comical dialogues: director Andrew V. McLaglen put on better movies, for example "McLintock!" or the great and outstanding pacifistic civil-war-western "Shenandoah". Don't waste your time!


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