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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dan Kehoe
... Sabina McDade
... Ruby McDade
... Birdie McDade
... Oralie McDade
... Sheriff Tom Larrabee
... Padre
... Bartender of Rosebud Saloon in Touchstone
... Ma McDade
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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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THE KING TANGLES WITH FLESH AND FLAME IN THE HOTTEST WESTERN EVER MADE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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$2,250,000, 31 December 1956
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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 »

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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 »

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Dan Kehoe: I never put a dime on anybody but myself. I haven't lost yet.
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A western trifle dominated by Jo Van Fleet's impressive performance...
26 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Surely stars like CLARK GABLE and ELEANOR PARKER deserved better material at their home studio than this trifle about hidden gold and its effect on The King (Gable struts around like he's just left his throne for some slumming in a western shack), and four Queens (lovely looking ladies who seem out of place in this mock western).

It's a light-hearted romp for all concerned, except JO VAN FLEET who gives a dynamo performance as the tough old westerner who is hiding the loot from a bank robbery committed by her now deceased sons. When Gable comes sniffing around to discover the loot (which he endeavors to do by charming the four widows into revealing where the gold is hidden), it sets up a series of mildly suspenseful scenes where we wonder how the whole thing is going to end.

Since it's all played in rather tongue-in-cheek style with Gable handling the ladies with his usual masculine charm, it makes a rather faint impression when the tale ends without much of a bang and maybe one or two revelations.

Credit has to go to Gable and his co-star ELEANOR PARKER, both of whom share some effective moments in a rather weak tale that comes off as mildly disappointing as they ride off into the sunset together.


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