Up 9,920 this week

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  18 October 1961 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,486 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 13 critic

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.


(as Mervyn Le Roy)


(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1928 titles
created 04 Oct 2011
a list of 46 titles
created 21 Oct 2011
a list of 1324 titles
created 09 Feb 2012
a list of 53 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Devil at 4 O'Clock.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Bobs Watson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker
Parrish (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Troy Donahue, Karl Malden
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After nearly running over him with her cab, Patty Mitchell picks up a fare who claims to have amnesia. As he fumbles to remember the basic facts of his identity, Patty becomes interested in... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Tom Conway, Ann Rutherford, Richard Lane
Riffraff (1936)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel
Mannequin (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Rags-to-riches Hennessey meets newlyweds Jessie and Eddie from his old neighborhood. Eddie plots to have Jessie divorce him, marry Hennessey, divorce Hennessey, then bring Hennessey's money... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy, Alan Curtis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple
Tony Rome (1967)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Biography | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Raymond Massey, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter


Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Joseph Perreau
Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Grégoire Aslan ...
Marcel (as Gregoire Aslan)
Alexander Scourby ...
The Governor
Camille (as Barbara Luna)
Cathy Lewis ...
Bernie Hamilton ...
Martin Brandt ...
Doctor Wexler
Louis Merrill ...
Aristide Giraud
Tom Middleton ...
Paul, Co-pilot
Ann Duggan ...
Louis Mercier ...


Three convicts enroute to Tahiti are put to work at a children's leper hospital when their plane makes an unexpected stop on another island. There, Father Perreau is to get off and replace Father Doonan, who's been relieved of his duties by the cardinal. Once on the island, things get out of control when the volcano decides to erupt, and the Governor orders an evacuation. The convicts, priests and leper children are all on top of the island and have no sure way to get down and off to safety. All must work together if any are to survive. Written by AzRanger <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


In the high adventure tradition of "The Guns of Navarone"! See more »


Approved | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,721,786 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film was made three years after Max Catto's novel "The Devil at 4 O'Clock" was published in 1958. See more »


In the scenes in the village during one eruption, the ground splits. The trench into which the loose soil falls to create this effect can be seen even before the dirt disappears. See more »


Father Matthew Doonan: I'll bet you were a sweet little altar boy.
Harry: Weren't we all?
See more »


Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Spiritual Movie
28 November 2004 | by (Independence, CA USA) – See all my reviews

I have watched The Devil at 4 O'Clock several times on Turner Classic Movies, the BEST channel on television. It is a spiritual movie without being syrupy or preachy. The acting is superb, especially Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra. It is not the type of movie that would be produced today... no violence, filthy language, or sex. What is does have is the redemption of the main characters and their rediscovered or newly acquired faith.

The music complements the movie's theme. I am going to purchase this film because it has a timeless story and is entertaining at the same time. Spencer Tracy was able to convey so much with facial expressions and gestures that seem completely realistic unlike the stilted Method Acting technique ( which seems to me so patently artificial). I rate this film an eight out of ten.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lawrence Butler - visual effects supervisor LJ27
Why couldn't the hospital evacuate itself 24 hours sooner? Cinemaskype
Discuss The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: