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The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

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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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They jumped into hell to save part of heaven. See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Digitally Obsessed" said of this picture, "Even though they both began their careers at the movie studio that boasted the claim of "more stars than there are in the heavens" [MGM], it took nearly 20 years and a rival company [Columbia Pictures] to bring Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy together for their first and only collaboration." See more »

Goofs

After the island explodes, the sea is perfectly calm. A huge eruption like that would have produced a huge tsunami. See more »

Quotes

[first title card]
Title Card: "It is hard for a man to be brave when he knows he is going to meet the DEVIL at 4 o'clock"
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Worth the time
26 July 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies is my favorite cable channel. I have worked in the production industry for twenty years, and have picked up a few film degrees. TCM is a goldmine. I was not familiar with this film, and am pleasantly surprised. Yes, it is a precursor to the 70s disaster films, in a way, but still a worthy film for Tracy and Sinatra.

Today, the film would be saddled with an obligatory happy ending, so the realism, per se, of this script is welcomed. The heroism is earned, not dictated.

All in all, worth the two hours. And since IMDb now requires ten lines in order for a comment to post, I will continue typing. If ONLY most "posters" could LIMIT themselves to ten lines.


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