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The King and Four Queens (1956)

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Opportunistic con man Dan Kehoe ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.



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Complete credited cast:
Dan Kehoe
Sabina McDade
Jean Willes ...
Ruby McDade
Birdie McDade
Sara Shane ...
Oralie McDade
Sheriff Tom Larrabee
Arthur Shields ...
Bartender of Rosebud Saloon in Touchstone
Ma McDade


Smooth cowboy Dan Kehoe arrives at a ranch run by an old widow and her four daughters-in-law. He's been tipped off that the proceeds of a gold robbery are hidden on the ranch, but only one of the women knows where. He plays them off against each other in his quest to discover the location. Written by Col Needham <>

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21 December 1956 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Jo Van Fleet, who played "Ma" McDade, was actually 14 years younger than Gable. See more »


Sabina McDade: A penny for your thoughts, Mr. Kehoe.
Dan Kehoe: Oh, I wouldn't rob yuh.
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`No woman is immune to a man' especially when the man is Clark Gable
26 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

The King and Four Queens marked the fourth time Raoul Walsh tried his hand in directing a motion picture in Cinemascope, the first three of them being Battle Cry, The Tall Man and The Revolt of Mamie Stover the second of them being also the first film out of three in totality that Walsh made with legendary Clark Gable.

In The King and Four Queens Gable plays a handsome middle-aged adventurer Don Kehoe, known in the West for his skills in using a gun who comes to a rancho called Wagon Mound with its entire population consisting of five women, four of them being beautiful widows of the McDade gang brothers recently killed while attempting to rob a bank. They are led by a tough middle-aged Ma McDade (Jo Van Fleet) who is quite feared and respected not only by the four young widows under her command but also by a population of all villages and towns a few hundreds miles around the ranch. Promptly upon our hero's arrival, the rivalry among the four sisters as about conquering of Don Kehoe's heart ensues, resulting in many insignificant troubles manly for the old mother-chief. The purpose of Don Kehoe's joining of such a pleasant company nonetheless is a large sum of money that, as a word goes around, is hidden at the ranch and which hiding place he ought to find by any means.

Overall the average Western as it is, The King and Four Queens provides much less viewing pleasure then one may expect from an average one, but nonetheless it has its interesting moments and is a worth watching experience for a genre fan. 6/10

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