Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Ballad of Josie

My favorite Peter Graves film is when he played the love interest in one of Doris Day's last movies,
THE BALLAD OF JOSIE (1967), a western/comedy. The film starts out when Josie's abusive/drunk husband is killed by falling down a flight of stairs. After his death, Josie Minick (Doris Day) decides to create a better life for herself and young son Luther (Teddy Quinn). Owning a small parcel of land on the outskirts of town, and not eager to fall into another submissive relationship. She sets her mind to raise sheep and comes under the wrath of neighbors who are all cow farmers. She also organizes the towns women to demonstrate against women's suffrage. Josie will need all her smarts and courage to achieve her dream and not start an all out Range War. I thought it was entertaining and gave her a different role than her previous "spy", "mystery" or ''romantic comedy'' .
Other co-stars include George Kennedy, Audrey Christie and Andy Devine.

3 comments:

  1. Dawn, doesn't Doris sing the title song in this movie?

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  2. i don't know the male singer of the opening song.

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  3. Dawn, I looked up the title ballad and it was sung by Ron Dante--and I recognized the name. He was a pretty interesting guy. He was a studio singer for years and sang lead vocal on The Archies' hit "Sugar, Sugar." Then, in the 1970s, he became a producer and co-produced (and sang background vocals) on Barry Manilow first five or six albums.

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