The Ballad of Josie

Overview

Doris Day peers through layers of camera gauze to star in The Ballad of Josie, a second-rate variation of Cat Ballou. For openers, Day is arrested for the billiard-cue bludgeoning of her late husband. Upon her acquittal, she takes up sheep ranching in Wyoming. To prove herself as good as any man, Day organizes the other frontier wives into a woman's suffrage movement. She succeeds in establishing her equality, winning good-guy Peter Graves in the process. Ballad of Josie was produced by Norman MacDonnell, who was...
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Overview

Doris Day peers through layers of camera gauze to star in The Ballad of Josie, a second-rate variation of Cat Ballou. For openers, Day is arrested for the billiard-cue bludgeoning of her late husband. Upon her acquittal, she takes up sheep ranching in Wyoming. To prove herself as good as any man, Day organizes the other frontier wives into a woman's suffrage movement. She succeeds in establishing her equality, winning good-guy Peter Graves in the process. Ballad of Josie was produced by Norman MacDonnell, who was on firmer Western ground when he was producer of the radio and TV series Gunsmoke.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By 1968 and The Ballad of Josie, Doris Day's incredible box office reign was winding down. Day was still Day, one of the cheeriest and most pleasant screen personages around, but the times were changing; finding films that fit her personality became a challenge, as Josie makes clear. Not that Josie is a horrible film; indeed, thanks to Day and a very strong supporting cast, it's entertaining. But Josie has a dead end script, the kind of stew that is put together of parts of better films. It's also a comedy that wants to be serious. . .kind of. With a screenplay so in need of clarification, a director with a gift for focus was needed. Andrew V. McLaglen does very well working with his actors, but he comes up short in making the screenplay into a palatable, cohesive piece. This would matter less if the material were really funny, but it's not. Instead of inventive situations, one gets the very tired "woman gets drunk on two small drinks" situation; instead of wit, one gets retreads of worn jokes. But day gives it her spunky best, and that's saying a lot. Add in the likes of Andy Devine, Peter Graves and George Kennedy, and the result is good enough to get by -- just barely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • UPC: 025192095993
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,096

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Josie Minick
George Kennedy Arch Ogden
Andy Devine Judge Tatum
William Talman Charlie Lord
Peter Graves Jason Meredith
David Hartman Fonse Pruitt
Audrey Christie Annabelle Pettijohn
Timothy Scott Klugg
Don Stroud Bratsch
Paul Fix Alpheus Minick
Maren Jensen Deborah Wilkes
Guy Raymond Doc
Elisabeth Fraser Widow Renfrew
Shirley O'Hara Krims Elizabeth
Harry Carey Jr. Mooney
John Fiedler Simpson
Robert Lowery Whit Minick
Teddy Quinn Luther Minick
Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Fred A. Chulack Editor
Don Costa Songwriter
Gene de Paul Songwriter
Frank De Vol Score Composer
Addison Hehr Art Director
Floyd Huddleston Songwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Jack Lloyd Songwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Otho Lovering Editor
Norman MacDonnell Producer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Martin Melcher Producer
Terry Morse Jr. Asst. Director
James S. Redd Set Decoration/Design
Harold Swanton Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Frank H. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
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