The Ballad of Josie

The Ballad of Josie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Produced by Norman MacDonnell
(Executive Producer) Martin Melcher
Written by Harold Swanton
Starring Doris Day
Peter Graves
George Kennedy
Andy Devine
William Talman
David Hartman
Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Fred A. Chulack
Otho Lovering
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • February 1, 1967 (1967-02-01)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Ballad of Josie is a 1967 Technicolor American comedy western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen[1] and starring Doris Day, Peter Graves and George Kennedy. It attempted to humorously tackle 1960s themes of feminism in a traditional Western setting.

It was the last film for William Talman.[2]


A young woman living in (fictional) Arapahoe County, Wyoming accidentally kills her very abusive husband. She is put on trial but acquitted. She then incurs the annoyance of her male neighbors by farming sheep instead of cattle and setting up a women's suffrage movement.


See also


  1. "The Ballad of Josie". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  2. "William Talman of 'Perry Mason'", The New York Time, August 31, 1968

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