MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 20,357 this week

The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,342 users  
Reviews: 25 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.

Director:

(as Mervyn Le Roy)

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 21 Oct 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 18 Mar 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 200 titles
created 4 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 7/10

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 »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Danny Wilson and partner Mike make a meager living singing in dives and hustling pool. One night they meet entertainer Joy Carroll, who gets them a job at racketeer Nick Driscoll's posh ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ad-agency president Dan Edwards who, when he goes to Mexico to celebrate his nineteenth wedding anniversary, winds up getting divorced by mistake - whereupon his wife Valerie marries his ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Sinatra
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as Mayor of of a US town for the last time.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain
The Mountain (1956)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor
The Actress (1953)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jean Simmons, Teresa Wright
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Toward the end of World War II, two American soldiers fighting in Southern France become romantically involved with a young, American woman. Her background will reveal more about them than her.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Peter Vaughan, Derren Nesbitt
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of adventurers refloat a WWII German submarine and prepare to use it to pull a very large heist; The Queen Mary which they plan to rob on the high seas.

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa
Town on Trial (1957)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an attractive young girl is murdered, suspicion falls on several members of the local tennis club. It falls to Police Inspector Halloran to sort out all the red herrings, and finally ... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: John Mills, Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Harry: Hey, Holy Joe, we don't owe you nuttin', so don't start pushin'.
Father Matthew Doonan: Where you from, tough guy? I hear echoes.
Harry: I've been around... What's it to ya?
Father Matthew Doonan: You spit your T's. That'd be Jersey, I guess, maybe Jersey City. Hunh! I came from just across the River - Hell's Kitchen. We used to eat punks like you.
Harry: Maybe. That's when you had your teeth.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Sopranos: Another Toothpick (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The Island Went Krakatoa On Them
24 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've always been of the firm belief that it is not possible to do a bad film in the South Pacific. Just the cinematography alone is a guarantee for me to enjoy it and you will enjoy The Devil at 4 O'Clock for that reason alone if nothing else.

It's entirely possible that Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra agreed to do the film for a vacation to Hawaii and who could blame them. But in fact with Mervyn Leroy directing, the two of them starred in a very nice story about a priest losing and regaining his faith.

Spencer Tracy is in his fourth and final film as a priest. He was sent many years ago to this tropical paradise under French colonial administration. It's a lush green place with a very large volcano.

Tracy also saw a need for a children's hospital for lepers which was still prevalent among the population. The other islanders didn't share his vision to put it mildly. Their own callousness drove him from his faith and started him drinking and doing other sins.

Anyway he's being recalled and a new priest, Kerwin Matthews, is being sent to replace him on the island and in the hospital which is located halfway up the volcano slope. Arriving on the same plane for layover are three convicts, Frank Sinatra, Bernie Hamilton, and Gregoire Aslan, who are bound for prison in Tahiti.

Wouldn't you know it, the volcano erupts and the only men who are able to help Tracy with the hospital patients and staff getting them down the mountain and evacuated are the three convicts.

It's quite a journey, all of the people involved discover hidden wellsprings of character.

Of course the two stars have great roles. There's enough of the hipster Sinatra there to recognize, but he too is transformed by the experience. This maybe the only film where he plays someone who is actually from where old Blue Eyes was born in real life, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Spencer Tracy had stopped playing traditional leading men long before this. He had an aversion to make up in general and was the least vain of leading male stars about growing old. Tracy's face and the sincerity with which he speaks his lines keep his performance from becoming maudlin. He has a powerful moving scene comforting the dying Bernie Hamilton and renewing his own lapsed Catholicism.

The only thing I fault The Devil at 4 O'Clock for is that Humphrey Bogart did not live long enough to do the part Sinatra did. Tracy and Bogey were a great mutual admiration society and way back in 1931 they did a film for John Ford, Up the River, which was Tracy's screen debut and Bogey's second film. They never got to work together again, but became great friends and Tracy was a frequent visitor along with Katharine Hepburn to Bogart when he was dying.

As good as Sinatra was, this part was made for Humphrey Bogart. I have a feeling had he lived with a bit of rewriting, this could have been their joint co-starring vehicle.

What a classic that would have been.


23 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lawrence Butler - visual effects supervisor LJ27
Discuss The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?