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The King and Four Queens (1956)

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
Ruby McDade
Birdie McDade
Oralie McDade
Sheriff Tom Larrabee
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 <col@imdb.com>

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES...AND SIX-GUNS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Heißer Süden  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Dan Kehoe is shot off his horse by Ma McDade, he fell just across a footbridge on a piece of sandy ground with some small brush around him. When the girls approach him, he is laying in a more barren patch of ground with very little brush. See more »


Dan Kehoe: I never put a dime on anybody but myself. I haven't lost yet.
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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Parker & Gable - WOW!
17 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was nice to see Gable and Parker in a film, together. Parker was beautiful and could act; Gable was Gable, perfect for the role.

I was making Steak Diane for a lady friend, but took a few breaks and mentioned that 'they don't make them like that anymore.' She agreed.

I have a list of alluring actresses and Eleanor Parker is in the top ten; but, when combining beauty with acting, she is #1.

This was an entertaining film which I would recommend to any audience. The supporting cast was super and the Technicolor far ahead of its' time.

I'm appreciative that TCM aired this film, which I had never before seen.

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