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The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  18 October 1961 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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 <Ranger273@azrangers.org>

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48 HOURS OF TERRIFIC SUSPENSE AS NATURE GOES ON A RELENTLESS RAMPAGE OF DESTRUCTION ! See more »


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18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

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$5,721,786 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this film's title is that its literary origins are said to have derived from a proverb that says, "It is hard for a man to be brave when he knows he is going to meet the devil at four o'clock". Moreover, in the film's story, the team of rescuer adventurers goes out to save lepers on the mountain after the volcano has erupted and the island evacuated. They must return by 4:00 o'clock the next day, which is the deadline for when the last schooner will depart the island. See more »

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Going into a cave would not protect anyone from the smoke of a fire. The cave would fill will smoke as the fire progressed. And it would be slow to clear. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I was a pretty good thief in my time.
Father Matthew Doonan: I believe that.
Charlie: It's too late. Can't you get out now?
Father Matthew Doonan: It's never too late to change.
Charlie: My mother, that's what she used to say, "It's never too late."
Father Matthew Doonan: She was right.
Charlie: She kept after me - kept tellin' me - there was another thief once dyin' on the cross right next to Christ.
Father Matthew Doonan: The Good Thief.
Charlie: That's what she called him.
Father Matthew Doonan: He didn't chicken out. He just got smart and at the very last moment, he stole Heaven.
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Two men and a group of children try to escape the wrath of an island volcano
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This film has been firmly entrenched in my mind since i first saw it in 1974 at the age of seven. I have often thought about it, sometimes forgetting the title, but never forgetting the horror i felt at seeing the explosions and the flowing lava, and feeling the panic of the characters. Man's insignificance and helplessness against mother nature is portrayed with a sense of evil; Not unlike lord of the Flies. Every now and then, it has been replayed on TV, so i have watched it again and refreshed my memory. Even though older now, and more Desensitised to that type of stuff i have enjoyed reflecting as i watch it again. I feel that it set a standard for others to come, with a mixture of suspense, heroism and tragedy that certainly leaves no punches pulled.


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