The Ballad of Josie


1h 42m 1968

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, The Epic of Josie
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New Orleans opening: 12 Jan 1968
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Josie Minick is acquitted for accidentally killing her drunken husband; nevertheless, her 8-year-old son, Luther, is taken to Cheyenne to be cared for by her wealthy father-in-law, Alpheus Minick. Despite the offer of her rancher neighbor Arch Ogden to buy her rundown ranch, Josie decides to renovate the place with her husband's insurance money, but she soon becomes discouraged by her failure to resurrect the place. She tries a job as a waitress but is equally unhappy. Finally she buys a flock of sheep and hires two farmhands to care for them; but local cattlemen revive their long-standing war with the sheepherders as Arch and the other ranchers prepare for a battle against the beleaguered widow. News of the range war reaches Washington, D. C., where the town's district attorney, Charlie Lord, is wrapping up negotiations for Wyoming becoming a state. He hurriedly returns to the town and finds Annabelle Pettijohn, crusader for women's rights, conducting a streetfight against the male ranchers. Furious beyond reason at Josie's part in the squabble, Arch rides out to her ranch and puts a torch to her barn. Jason Meredith, Josie's rugged supporter, eventually stops Arch. Next morning, Charlie negotiates a truce between Arch and Josie whereby the rancher will buy Josie's sheep and sell cattle to her at bargain prices. Delighted, Josie allows Jason to accept the proposition on her behalf--because he will be sharing her life with little Luther from now on.

Film Details

Also Known As
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, The Epic of Josie
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New Orleans opening: 12 Jan 1968
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

We never could figure out if they was kinfolk come to join the fight or just strangers passin' through.
- Klugg
Well, that was awful!
- Josie Minick
Yes, ma'am, it surely was, them being dead thataway. We never could figure out who'd have to bury 'em.
- Klugg
You know, it takes money, capital, brains and sweat to raise cattle, but any idiot with a two-bit dog and a Winchester can raise sheep.
- James Meredith
If I had thought about it, we would have stopped to eat north of the deadline.
- Jason Meredith
The what?
- Josie Minick
The deadline. We passed it about ten minutes back. Sheep to the south, cattle to the north.
- Jason Meredith
I don't know anything about a deadline.
- Josie Minick
Well, there's nothing complicated about it. You see, the cowmen opened up this territory and then the sheepmen tried to move in. Well, we had quite a debate. We burned a lot of powder and a lot of lead and we buried a few. And then finally we drew a line across the southeast section of the state. And the sheep stay on one side and the cattle on the other.
- Jason Meredith
You know, they say that the admission of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom. I don't know a thing about women. I never did.
- Jason Meredith
You hardly think she could shoot that thing.
- Mooney
Ah, that woman gets crazy every so often.
- Jason Meredith
Yeah, they're prisoners of their juices.
- Mooney

Trivia

Notes

Prerelease titles: The Epic of Josie and Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 24, 1967

Techniscope

Released in United States Winter February 24, 1967