American couple Janet (Doris Day) and Mike (Rod Taylor) move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she has been unfaithful.
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
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
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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