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The King and Four Queens


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Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker. A fast-shooting, quick-thinking man sets his sights on four widows and their mother-in-law, who know the whereabouts of $100,000 in gold. 1956/color/87 min/NR/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: Margaret Fitts, Richard Alan Simmons
  • Producers: David Hempstead, Robert Waterfield
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U6YIAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The King and Four Queens" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

One of Gable's few westerns done with a lot of class.
D. G. Porter
Perhaps Mr. Maltin doesn't like amoral tales, but there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye.
qqviewer231
When I see a movie that stinks this bad I think of all the people in need in the world.
Desdimona

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By peterfromkanata on May 25, 2009
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Released in 1956, "The King and Four Queens" provided another role, tailor-made for the "King of MGM", Clark Gable. As the title suggests, Mr. Gable had four leading ladies in this western ( Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols and Sara Shane ),and plenty of opportunity to turn on that famous Gable charm.

Four young women had all married outlaws--three of these men, all brothers, are dead, but a fourth may still live. Somewhere on their property, $ 100,000 in gold lies buried, and they know that the husband who may still be alive will likely return to dig it up. Guarding the four women with a very itchy trigger finger is the mother of the outlaw brothers--Jo Van Fleet, giving us the best acting performance in the film. "Ma" also knows where the gold is buried.

With the smell of gold drawing him like a moth to a flame, Mr. Gable's rascally character enters the women's property, only to be greeted by a bullet from Ms. Van Fleet's rifle ! Of course, over her objections, the four, lonely young women are only too pleased to nurse him back to health, where he is soon "charming" them all in turn.

I like Clark Gable as much as any classic film buff, and Eleanor Parker is one of my favourite leading ladies. However, although the film is handsomely mounted, and directed by Raoul Walsh, I have to say I was disappointed. "That's it ?" I said to myself when it was over. The plot is pretty sparse--apart from the four women competing for our hero's attention under the disapproving eye of Ms. Van Fleet, it is pretty slow going. "Frankly My Dears"--nothing much happens !

The DVD has beautiful, widescreen colour--the sound what you would expect--there are no extras.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Serial Movie Buff on June 14, 2009
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This is not about the movie, a true gem if there ever was one - this is about the DVD. Fox has been busy screwing up their releases of MGM movies again : in spite of the mentions on the jacket, there are no subtitles or captions whatsoever on this DVD, not even a menu: so, HoH and foreign customers beware...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A43 on June 5, 2009
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Not much action there, true enough, but this tale of the Old West makes for healthy entertainment with quite an unexpectedly moral ending to it, too. I've watched this movie over and over again and still am very fond of it. Whenever you've deserved your cozy little evening, go for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on June 22, 2005
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Raoul Walsh, one of the greatest action movie directors ever, must have decided to turn the Western genre, which he knew well, on its ear. The King and Four Queens is not your typical Western, or your typical Walsh film.
Gable plays fugitive Dan Kehoe, who ends up in a town with only five inhabitants, all women. Four are the wives of a notorious group of outlaw brothers who stole a fortune and hid it out somewhere in the town. The fifth woman is the boys' mother, played by Jo Van Fleet. All of the women are waiting for the boys to show up.

The young women are all fighting over Kehoe, while the mother constantly holds him at gunpoint. Kehoe says he just wants to be on his way, but the mother and one of the wives are very mistrustful. Much comedy and maneuvering ensues.

This is not an action western. Instead, it is one of hijinks, quips, and repartee. Gable and Van Fleet are particularly entertaining. If you want gunplay and fisticuffs, stay away, but if you want a solid western comedy, check this film out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack N. Young on November 30, 2009
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This was a fun movie....Gable was his jolly self. I worked on this movie and doubled Gable several times in more of his films. He was a remarkable man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 12, 2009
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After co-starring in 1955's "The Tall Men", Clark Gable and Jane Russell (along with her husband) formed their own company, Gabco (in association with Russ-Field Productions). Jane Russell's "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" was one of the first features under the Gabco banner, closely followed by Clark Gable's THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS in 1956.

In THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS (directed by Raoul Walsh), Gable plays con-man Dan Kehoe, who learns of a fortune in gold buried by the four outlaw McDade brothers--three have been killed whilst the fourth is still missing. The treasure is guarded by the brothers' gun-toting mother (Jo Van Fleet) and her four daughters-in-law. Determined to keep everything in order until the surviving brother returns, Ma has forced all four McDade wives to remain at the family property. When Dan arrives to stake his own claim on the McDade gold, the girls (led by Eleanor Parker, Barbara Nichols, Jean Willes and Sara Shane) provide a perfect distraction...

To be honest, the main reason why I picked up this disc was because of Eleanor Parker. Funnily enough this is the third western starring Parker that I've reviewed in the last few weeks (following "Escape from Fort Bravo" and "Many Rivers to Cross"). Whilst she's top-billed with Clark Gable in the credits and delivers fine work, her role is only slightly larger than the other three women. In truth, the biggest part goes to Jo Van Fleet as the crusty old mother; she won the Academy Award that same year for her performance as James Dean's mother in "East of Eden".

The DVD is bare-bones (there isn't even a menu!), but the anamorphic print is in great shape with little damage.
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