Clark Gable wanders into town and hears about a nasty old lady and herfour daughter-in-laws who are supposedly hiding $100,000 in stolen goldbut any many who goes near them is shot by this insane matriarch. Sonaturally, Clark with his suave and sexy ways infiltrates the ghosttown in which they live in order to seduce the gold from them.
The script for this film was bad...or at least very, very poor. So nomatter how much the actors try, the basic plot idea is dull and notparticularly believable. But to make matters worse, an aging ClarkGable who looks every bit a man in his mid-50s (or older) is cast as astud who uses his seductive wiles on four unsuspecting and horny women.In other words, because he is Gable, the women are to chase after himas if he's Gable circa 1939 and it just isn't convincing. My advice isjust see one of his other films--most of which are significantly betterthan this drivel that is only watchable due to Gable--despite themiscasting. A complete misfire--second only to PARNELL as Gable's worstfilm since becoming a star.
i enjoyed this interesting western starring Clark gable.it's not yourtypical rip roaring action packed western.it's more of a litecomedy/romance.most of it takes place in one setting.a deserted ghosttown inhabited by our young widows and their no nonsense gun packingmother in law.manly this is a showcase for the comedic skills of Gableand his co stars.the banter back and forth between the group is thehighlight of the piece.oh,there's also 100,000 in stolen gold hiddennearby.add in some romance and a bit of deception and you have themakings of an entertaining little movie.for me,The King and Four Queensis a 6/10User: edwagreen
Extremely disappointing western starring Clark Gable, Eleanor Parkerand Jo Van Fleet. Despite the great cast, weak writing did this filmin.
Finding out that an old woman is staying with her 4 daughters-in-law ina house, and hiding gold-Gable decides to pay the ladies a visit. Seemsthat the old woman's four sons robbed a bank and three of them gotblown up in the process. They're waiting for the return of thesurviving son. The wait can be compared to Come Back, Little Sheba.
The film is ridiculous at best. As the old lady, Jo Van Fleet is apistol-packing grandma type. She has somewhat of a heart but is asnasty as can be while she quotes from the bible. Van Fleet, who made acareer of playing much older women, looks like she just came out ofplaying Katie Roth in the later scenes of the memorable "I'll CryTomorrow."
No doubt about it, Gable was aging by 1956. Barbara Nicholls has thatsing-song voice which is so inappropriate here. She talks like she isstill in a comedy sketch of Wayne and Schuster on the old Ed Sullivantelevision series.
The one shining point here is Eleanor Parker who is young and vibrant.She together with Gable ultimately fool the rest of the cast, but youcan't be fooled by poor writing and not much going on. For a western,we lack complete action. Can you imagine Gable and the girls singingand dancing with a suspicious Van Fleet looking on?
Surely stars like CLARK GABLE and ELEANOR PARKER deserved bettermaterial at their home studio than this trifle about hidden gold andits effect on The King (Gable struts around like he's just left histhrone for some slumming in a western shack), and four Queens (lovelylooking ladies who seem out of place in this mock western).
It's a light-hearted romp for all concerned, except JO VAN FLEET whogives a dynamo performance as the tough old westerner who is hiding theloot from a bank robbery committed by her now deceased sons. When Gablecomes sniffing around to discover the loot (which he endeavors to do bycharming the four widows into revealing where the gold is hidden), itsets up a series of mildly suspenseful scenes where we wonder how thewhole thing is going to end.
Since it's all played in rather tongue-in-cheek style with Gablehandling the ladies with his usual masculine charm, it makes a ratherfaint impression when the tale ends without much of a bang and maybeone or two revelations.
Credit has to go to Gable and his co-star ELEANOR PARKER, both of whomshare some effective moments in a rather weak tale that comes off asmildly disappointing as they ride off into the sunset together.
Stranger Gable hears of a treasure of gold, hidden somewhere in a ghosttownand guarded by an old woman and four widows. "Man's man" Gable throws allofhis charms in the battle to find out where to find thetreasure.As you see, the storyline is very very thin here. Most of the film is aboutGable trying to charm the women, using every single trick in the book.Thereare a few minor surprises near the end, but this is really nothing special.Nice to catch on a rainy afternoon. 6/10User: mgrindberg
The cinematography (Lucien Ballard) in this film is as luscious as thefour pretty young brides (Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols,and Sara Shane). From the opening credits to the end of the picture,it's pure classic 50's western in terms of rich and sumptuous color,this time by DeLuxe. While the plot isn't going to hold up to thescrutiny of some hyper film critics, it still allows for scenes thatare full of sexy humor, as each bride tries her best to undress ClarkGable, perhaps none more than a seductive Jean Willes as Ruby. Jo VanFleet, as the gun-toting mother-in-law of the four "queens", each ofwhom married one of her four outlaw sons, is mainly preoccupied withprotecting the girls from any man who's bold or stupid enough to strayonto their out of the way property until her supposedly one living sonreturns from a botched bank robbery to reclaim his wife (whichever onethat may be) and buried gold dust, and is the only obstacle between thegirls and Gable, who only wants the gold, but is no fool when it comesto women.User: bkoganbing
Clark Gable dreamed up some sweet con game to do four lovely widows andtheir mother-in-law out of some stolen loot that their late husbands anoutlaw brother gang have robbed.
One McDade brother is still alive, but we're not sure which one. Andthrough force of personality their mother-in-law is keeping them in aghost town hide out until he returns for what's his. If stolen loot canbe considered his.
Gable arrives in town and woos all the women who don't need muchencouragement. No male companionship for seven years, got to be toughon a gal. The women are Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Sara Shane, andBarbara 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 forher, Jo also turned in an outstanding performance as Doc Holiday's galpal Kate Fisher in Gunfight at the OK Corral. Her's is the dominantperformance of the film. It has to be or the idea that these womenwouldn't have just overpowered her and forced Van Fleet to tell wherethe loot is becomes ludicrous.
Lots of sexual innuendo in this film, very much a precursor to theadult TV westerns that were to come soon. One of the more interestingof Clark Gable's post World War II films.
The King and Four Queens marked the fourth time Raoul Walsh tried hishand in directing a motion picture in Cinemascope, the first three of thembeing Battle Cry, The Tall Man and The Revolt of Mamie Stover the second ofthem being also the first film out of three in totality that Walsh made withlegendary Clark Gable.
In The King and Four Queens Gable plays a handsome middle-aged adventurerDon Kehoe, known in the West for his skills in using a gun who comes to arancho called Wagon Mound with its entire population consisting of fivewomen, four of them being beautiful widows of the McDade gang brothersrecently killed while attempting to rob a bank. They are led by a toughmiddle-aged Ma McDade (Jo Van Fleet) who is quite feared and respected notonly by the four young widows under her command but also by a population ofall villages and towns a few hundreds miles around the ranch. Promptly uponour hero's arrival, the rivalry among the four sisters as about conqueringof Don Kehoe's heart ensues, resulting in many insignificant troubles manlyfor the old mother-chief. The purpose of Don Kehoe's joining of such apleasant company nonetheless is a large sum of money that, as a word goesaround, is hidden at the ranch and which hiding place he ought to find byany means.
Overall the average Western as it is, The King and Four Queens providesmuch less viewing pleasure then one may expect from an average one, butnonetheless it has its interesting moments and is a worth watchingexperience for a genre fan. 6/10