The King and Four Queens (1956)
The 1956 MGM Western film "The King and Four Queens" uses United States $20 gold coins
as shooting targets and as jewelry.
He encounters four beautiful women and their rough mother-in-law, Jo Van Fleet.
and the fourth son's whereabouts are unknown.
Clark Gable, outrides a posse and heads into a saloon.
Clark asks the saloonkeeper about the town/ranch of Wagon Mound, the man tells Clark the story
of the McDade outlaw brothers who, two years ago, robbed a mine of $100,000 in gold dust.
($100,000 in gold then at $20.67/ounce would weigh around 332 pounds)
The outlaws were cornered by a posse in a barn, a fire caused a gunpowder explosion,
killing three of the men and leaving their bodies unidentified.
The fourth son got away.
The outlaw brothers were proud of their shooting ability and all wore such coins.
their four wives, are also excellent shooters and will shoot any man who comes near the place.
2. Saloonkeeper shows Clark a shot $20 gold piece
Unknown to the saloonkeeper, Clark has one of his own.
3. Clark holding his shot $20 gold piece
Clark rides out to the ranch, which is a former Spanish mission or church, the building had also
been used as a gambling place at one time.
A United States $20 gold piece:
4. United States $20 gold coin 1876-S
This coin was minted in San Francisco in 1876 and would fit the period of the film.
5. The ranch
Jo Van Fleet shoots Clark but only wounds him.
The four wives then appear to assist Clark.
6. The four wives (Jean Willes, Sara Shane, Barbara Nichols, Eleanor Parker)
The wives take Clark into the house.
The young women haven't been close to a man for two years and are all excited, except for Eleanor.
Three of the women try to bed Clark and one succeeds.
Clark asks Eleanor for a $20 gold piece.
7. Clark shows Eleanor a whole $20 gold piece
Clark shoots a hole in the coin, causing Eleanor to wonder if he knew any of the outlaws.
8. Clark shows Eleanor the shot coin
Jo sees the coin and also wonders.
9. Jo examining the coin
Jo makes it clear that she wants Clark to leave.
10. Jo and Clark argue in front of the wives
Clark realizes that it is time to leave, and meets Eleanor to say goodbye.
She is the only woman of the group who did not respond romantically to Clark.
11. Clark tells his story to Eleanor
Clark tells her that he did come looking for the gold, and that he found it.
Eleanor then tells Clark her story, "we are two of a kind".
12. Eleanor tells her story to Clark
Eleanor tells Clark that she met the surviving outlaw, who, trying to impress her, told her about the gold,
and was then killed.
the gold was hidden by watching Jo, but needed a man's help to retrieve it.
Clark sends Eleanor off in the wagon with $5,000 in gold, takes the rest and waits for the posse.
Clark tells the posse sheriff that he found the gold and wants to turn it in, and that he kept $5,000
as the reward.
Clark visits a mission and the padre tells him that his "wife" came by and withdrew money he had
Clark rides off and finds Eleanor waiting.
13. Eleanor hands Clark his money
They agree that they are meant for each other.
Clark Gable as Dan Kehoe
Jo Van Fleet as Ma McDade
Eleanor Parker as Sabina McDade
Jean Willes as Ruby McDade
Barbara Nichols as Birdie McDade
Sara Shane as Oralie McDade
Writers: Margaret Fitts, Richard Alan Simmons