King & Four Queens [Import USA Zone 1]
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Rauol Walsh's humorous western stars Clark Gable as fugitive Dan Kehoe, who is hiding out in a small ghost town where the only remaining inhabitants are the female members of the notorious outlaw McDade family: matriarch Ma MacDade (Jo Van Fleet) and the four young wives (played by Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols and Sara Shane) of Mrs McDade's gunslinging sons, three of whom have been reported dead. The fourth son is expected to return home at any moment with the spoils of a recent stagecoach robbery, but as no one knows which of the four sons is still alive, all four wives turn their attention to the bemused Kehoe - and he in turn responds to their advances, hoping to get a share of the gold. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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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.
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.