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The King and Four Queens

Released Dec 21, 1956 1h 26m Western Comedy Adventure Drama List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
The four McDade brothers stage a successful heist -- except that three of them are killed. When their wives and mother learn that only one of the young men survived with the loot, they are eager to find out which one. Slick traveler Dan Kehoe (Clark Gable) catches wind of this strange situation and decides to charm the women in hopes of eventually enjoying the spoils. Before long, however, the lonely females begin competing for Dan, disintegrating into a cut-throat battle royal for his heart. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: B- Mar 10, 2013 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Light-hearted mix of the Western, mystery, comedy and romance. Jan 31, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The script isn't great but the story is fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/03/23 Full Review kevin w Uneven, disjointed, poorly plotted, poorly written, sloppily executed, whatever happens onscreen is merely an exercise in putting the butts in seats and that's it. Gable schmoozes through the film without outright snickering at it (and there might be acting cred for that small thing) and the ending is foregone at the opening credits. Only Jo Van Fleet's performance registers at all, and she does manage to bring the goods. Is the rest of the film even a Western? It says that it is but any location or scene change and it would still play the same. Regrettably. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Ho-hum western with an obvious ending. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit melo-dramatic for a western. Clark Gable romancing the ladies primarily. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Light-hearted mix of the Western, mystery, comedy and romance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review max b As formulaic as its script may be, Walsh's direction and Gable's charisma buoy the film enough to make it an enjoyable experience. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The four McDade brothers stage a successful heist -- except that three of them are killed. When their wives and mother learn that only one of the young men survived with the loot, they are eager to find out which one. Slick traveler Dan Kehoe (Clark Gable) catches wind of this strange situation and decides to charm the women in hopes of eventually enjoying the spoils. Before long, however, the lonely females begin competing for Dan, disintegrating into a cut-throat battle royal for his heart.
Director
Raoul Walsh
Producer
David Hempstead
Screenwriter
Richard Alan Simmons, Margaret Fitts
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
Russ-Field Productions
Genre
Western, Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 21, 1956, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 16, 2008
Runtime
1h 26m
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