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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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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
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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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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

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

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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This Wasn't THAT Bad!
28 December 2006 | by nnepreviloSee all my reviews

Doris Day, in my opinion has given only two "bad performances." One was in "Do Not Disturb" and the other in "That Touch of Mink." And, it wasn't so much Doris' fault...it was the scripts and unwise directors who tried to keep her pure as the driven sunshine.

"Ballad of Josie" had spunk. It was about a woman who decided to take control of her own life after having been a battered wife. She needed to take care of her little boy and she felt that she didn't NEED A MAN to do anything FOR her. We should be applauding, not hissing this independent woman.

Day didn't want to make this film (her husband had signed for her to do it), but she felt, "a deal's a deal." She put 110% into Josie Minick and she gave a VERY professional performance. No surprise to me, because Day always gave her all, even with drivel like "Disturb" and "Mink." As an actress, she fulfilled her obligation and then some in this part. Could Shirley MacLaine or Debbie Reynolds have given a more convincing performance? I think not. Doris' approach to any scene is so natural, people forget that she's acting. Therefore, audiences and critics ignore what an incredible job she's done, despite poor scripts.

This is not among Doris Day's great films, but she was wonderful in all of her scenes. The script? It wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worse. I felt that her supporting cast was well-represented by some of the best character actors in the business. She got marvelous support from Andy Devine, William Talman, Peter Graves, George Kennedy, John Fiedler, Audrey Christie, David Hartman, Elizabeth Fraiser, Paul Fix, etc. And, didn't she look incredible in those jeans?!!!!!!!!


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