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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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Taglines:

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heißer Süden 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

According to an article in the 18 September 1956 edition of The Hollywood Reporter, director Raoul Walsh shot three different endings and planned to have preview audiences chose the one they liked for the film's general release. 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

Bartender of Rosebud Saloon in Touchstone: As long as you're goin' to Wagon Mount, I'll buy you your last drink.
Dan Kehoe: [Paying for his own drink] Thanks, but that one hasn't been put in the bottle yet.
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Referenced in Year of the Living Dead (2013) See more »

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A western trifle dominated by Jo Van Fleet's impressive performance...
26 March 2007 | by DoylenfSee 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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