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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.

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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The King plays the hottest game in the West . . . with four Queens! 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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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

Jo Van Fleet, who played "Ma" McDade, was actually 14 years younger than Gable. 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: I wouldn't trust you with a snowblower in a blizzard.
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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Four Queens and an old battle axe
28 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Clark Gable dreamed up some sweet con game to do four lovely widows and their mother-in-law out of some stolen loot that their late husbands an outlaw brother gang have robbed.

One McDade brother is still alive, but we're not sure which one. And through force of personality their mother-in-law is keeping them in a ghost town hide out until he returns for what's his. If stolen loot can be considered his.

Gable arrives in town and woos all the women who don't need much encouragement. No male companionship for seven years, got to be tough on a gal. The women are Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Sara Shane, and Barbara Nichols.

The King and Four Queens though Clark Gable is billed above the title, this picture really belongs to Jo Van Fleet. 1956 was a good year for her, Jo also turned in an outstanding performance as Doc Holiday's gal pal Kate Fisher in Gunfight at the OK Corral. Her's is the dominant performance of the film. It has to be or the idea that these women wouldn't have just overpowered her and forced Van Fleet to tell where the loot is becomes ludicrous.

Lots of sexual innuendo in this film, very much a precursor to the adult TV westerns that were to come soon. One of the more interesting of Clark Gable's post World War II films.


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