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The Ballad of Josie (1967) was a Comedy - Western Film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and produced by Martin Melcher.

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Josie Minick: Speed won't matter. I'm counting on surprise.
Simpson, General Store Owner: Oh, they'll be expecting it. You put a woman in pants, the rest is bound to follow.

Jason Meredith: If I had thought about it, we would have stopped to eat north of the deadline.
Josie Minick: The what?
Jason Meredith: The deadline. We passed it about ten minutes back. Sheep to the south, cattle to the north.
Josie Minick: I don't know anything about a deadline.
Jason Meredith: 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.

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William Talman's final movie role.
Doris Day wrote in her 1975 autobiography that this was one of the films that she did not want to do but was forced to do because her husband/manager Martin Melcher had power of attorney and signed her for it without her knowledge or consent. She called this a "second rate television western" that required her to get up at four-thirty every morning. However, she did enjoy the camaraderie of the cast members.
The sheep herders reference and actual sheep/cattle feud called the Pleasant Valley War between the cattle Graham family and the sheep Tewksbury family. The feud lasted for nearly 10 years and was immortalized by Zane Grey in his book 'To The Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War'.
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Also directed by Andrew McLaglen

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Also released in 1967

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