The King and Four Queens

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The King and Four Queens
Poster of the movie The King and Four Queens.jpg
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by David Hempstead
Screenplay by Margaret Fitts
Richard Alan Simmons
Starring Clark Gable
Eleanor Parker
Barbara Nichols
Jo Van Fleet
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by David Bretherton
Louis R. Loeffler
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • December 26, 1956 (1956-12-26)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.25 million[1]

The King and Four Queens is a 1956 DeLuxe Color American Western adventure comedy/mystery film starring Clark Gable and Eleanor Parker in CinemaScope. Directed by Raoul Walsh, the film is based on a story written by Margaret Fitts, who also wrote the screenplay along with Richard Alan Simmons.[2]

This film was the first (and last) project from Clark Gable's own production company, GABCO.[3]


The story involves a middle-aged cowboy adventurer (Clark Gable) who learns that a stolen fortune remains buried on a ranch that serves as home to four gorgeous young widows and their battle-axe mother-in-law; the drifter turns on the charm.


Production notes[edit]

At Clark Gable's request, the film was shot on location in southern Utah because he was familiar with the area, having hunted there for years. Footage was shot near St. George, Utah in Snow Canyon State Park and at the Santa Clara River.[4] Additional footage was shot in Calabasas, California.

Book version[edit]

In 1956, Theodore Sturgeon novelized the original screen story by Margaret Fitts for Dell Books, which published it in December 1956 as a 25-cent paperback.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
  2. ^ Shoilveska Henderson, Sanya (2009). Alex North, Film Composer: A Biography with Musical Analyses of a Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus, The Misfits, Under the Volcano, and Prizzi's Honor. McFarland. p. 221. ISBN 0-786-44333-2. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ D'Arc, James (2010). When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Movie Making in Utah. Gibbs Smith. pp. 98, 289. ISBN 1-423-61984-6. 
  5. ^ Williams, Paul, ed. (2003). And Now the News . . .: Volume IX: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon. North Atlantic Books. p. 375. ISBN 1-556-43460-X. 

External links[edit]