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The King and Four Queens (1956)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery | 21 December 1956 (USA)
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.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Margaret Fitts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Dan Kehoe
Eleanor Parker ... Sabina McDade
Jean Willes ... Ruby McDade
Barbara Nichols ... Birdie McDade
Sara Shane ... Oralie McDade
Roy Roberts ... Sheriff Tom Larrabee
Arthur Shields ... Padre
Jay C. Flippen ... Bartender of Rosebud Saloon in Touchstone
Jo Van Fleet ... Ma McDade
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

ORALIE CRIED...BIRDIE TEASED...RUBY FOUGHT...SABINA WAITED FOR HIM WITH A SMILE... (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Man in Wagon Mound See more »

Filming Locations:

Window Rock, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,250,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Russ-Field Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable formed a production company with his The Tall Men (1955) co-star Jane Russell and her husband Robert Waterfield in order to produce this film. However, the stress of producing took such a toll on the 55-year-old Gable's already guarded health that he never produced another movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sabina McDade: A penny for your thoughts, Mr. Kehoe.
Dan Kehoe: Oh, I wouldn't rob yuh.
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An older and not particularly convincing Clark Gable as a "super-stud"
7 May 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Clark Gable wanders into town and hears about a nasty old lady and her four daughter-in-laws who are supposedly hiding $100,000 in stolen gold but any many who goes near them is shot by this insane matriarch. So naturally, Clark with his suave and sexy ways infiltrates the ghost town in which they live in order to seduce the gold from them.

The script for this film was bad...or at least very, very poor. So no matter how much the actors try, the basic plot idea is dull and not particularly believable. But to make matters worse, an aging Clark Gable who looks every bit a man in his mid-50s (or older) is cast as a stud who uses his seductive wiles on four unsuspecting and horny women. In other words, because he is Gable, the women are to chase after him as if he's Gable circa 1939 and it just isn't convincing. My advice is just see one of his other films--most of which are significantly better than this drivel that is only watchable due to Gable--despite the miscasting. A complete misfire--second only to PARNELL as Gable's worst film since becoming a star.


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