Reviewed bycym-2Vote: 8/10/10
A light hearted comedy based on both the range wars of the 1800's andthe eternal battle between man and woman. If you're nostalgic formovies without a moral or a lesson, no violence and just plain fun,then this oldie but goo die is for you. Doris Day comes across as aspunky but humorous woman, trying to make her way in a man's world, andher antics are at times, almost classic slapstick. Peter Graves andGeorge Kennedy offer wonderful foils against Doris Day, and evenWilliam Talman gets into the mood with more than a few bright quips.The characters of Klugg and Bratsch afford their own dry humor as theysit, observe and bet and comment on the activities of the othercharacters. The tone of the movie itself is upbeat and fun, and if youlike light hearted family fare, then you could do a lot worse thanspending an evening with this older flick.
Reviewed bynnepreviloVote: 5/10/10
Doris Day, in my opinion has given only two "bad performances." One wasin "Do Not Disturb" and the other in "That Touch of Mink." And, itwasn't so much Doris' fault...it was the scripts and unwise directorswho tried to keep her pure as the driven sunshine.
"Ballad of Josie" had spunk. It was about a woman who decided to takecontrol of her own life after having been a battered wife. She neededto take care of her little boy and she felt that she didn't NEED A MANto do anything FOR her. We should be applauding, not hissing thisindependent woman.
Day didn't want to make this film (her husband had signed for her to doit), but she felt, "a deal's a deal." She put 110% into Josie Minickand 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 inthis part. Could Shirley MacLaine or Debbie Reynolds have given a moreconvincing performance? I think not. Doris' approach to any scene is sonatural, people forget that she's acting. Therefore, audiences andcritics 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 allof her scenes. The script? It wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't theworse. I felt that her supporting cast was well-represented by some ofthe best character actors in the business. She got marvelous supportfrom Andy Devine, William Talman, Peter Graves, George Kennedy, JohnFiedler, Audrey Christie, David Hartman, Elizabeth Fraiser, Paul Fix,etc. And, didn't she look incredible in those jeans?!!!!!!!!
Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 5/10/10
The Ballad of Josie for Doris Day marked the beginning of the end ofher film career. Her agent/husband/svengali Martin Melcher forced herinto a whole lot of mediocre films because he knew and she would findout that their wealth was something done with mirrors. She had to keepworking.
Not that it's a bad film, just not a terribly good one. It's populatedwith a whole good cast of veteran players and her leading man in thisis Peter Graves. Graves is someone who should have had a good career asa screen lead in his youth. Unfortunately he got to do a lot of badscience fiction movies(and some real classic good ones) which didn'thelp. He opted for the small screen instead.
William Talman makes his farewell appearance here. He's a big shotpolitician who sees his dream of statehood in Wyoming going down thetubes because of the controversy of Doris Day trying to raise sheep inwhat has been traditionally cattle country.
Doris's husband Robert Lowery is killed in the first few minutes of thefilm. She has to raise her son alone now and lots of professions andtrades were closed to her as they were to women back in that day. Shedecides to become a shepherd as she's told it doesn't have the overheadexpense of cattle on the 460 acres she's inherited.
That starts a whole big controversy with a shooting range war about tobreak out.
Granted that women were kept barefoot and pregnant in those days, butit's hard to believe that Doris might not have heard SOME discussionabout the cattle and sheep problem and why there was this unofficialline of demarcation in Arapahoe County, Wyoming.
Fans of Doris will want to see her in anything though.
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.