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King and Four Queens

Clark Gable , Eleanor Parker , Raoul Walsh    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Raoul Walsh may well be the most overlooked master filmmaker, aside from Mike Curtiz(who did win an oscar after all), from the old school of Hollywood.His style is subtly controlled, and to the untrained eye, invisible, a regular joe turning out hollywood studio pics. But view the man's films and you will see the forming of a cohesive, thematic, and highly personal style through which he tells us of ourselves. Top notch acting and screenwriting add to this astounding work of art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars KING CLARK Nov. 3 2001
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A desperado, Dan Kehoe (Clark) seeks refug in the little ghost town of Wagon Mound; only the four wives and mother of the McDade brothers (who are dangerous gunmen) inhabit the town...........A romantic Western with mystery and comic element therein, its an entertaining little flick; Gable shows us just why he is truly one of the screen's all-time great personalities. An amusing, fascinating and interesting albeit amoral and rather tawdry Western. The film develops as a superficially cynical excercise in the rival attractions of sex and money. Gable's charm as the ruffian-hero is more realistic and resistible that the script assumes, and in spite of a few moderately vigorous action scenes, the story is largely played out through dialogue exchanges with have little pace or spirit. Jo Van Fleet as the embittered Ma McDade plays her role with a harsh theatrical-like emphasis which gives her scenes a certain edge. Of the four queens, Parker is the most intelligent; the one you know he'll eventually gravitate to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maltin has it wrong. Good movie. Aug. 17 2001
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Perhaps Mr. Maltin doesn't like amoral tales, but there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Gable's character is amoral. The wives (3 of the 4 are widows, not knowing which husband survived his criminal past) are amoral. And the bible thumping mother in law, protecting money stolen by her sons, has got to be seen as amoral. Very good character development. A taunt tale. Gable looks like his classic, powerfull self. The actresses, though basicly unknowns, put in fine performances - and are easy on the eyes to look at, as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Gable Meets His Match ! May 25 2009
By peterfromkanata - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

I'm sure there are other viewers out there who will disagree with my negative comments, but this surely has to be one of Clark Gable's lesser films. My three star rating is largely based on the Gable charisma, Ms. Parker's attractiveness and Ms. Van Fleet's acting--otherwise, considering the talent involved, this one is quite routine.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, cheap DVD June 14 2009
By Serial Movie Buff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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...
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, a bit old-fashioned, yet still fresh, though June 5 2009
By A43 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Different Western June 22 2005
By Terence Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars King and Four Queens Nov. 30 2009
By Jack N. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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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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