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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.


(as Mervyn Le Roy)


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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 <>

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It was Father Perreau who arrived, Father Doonan who was to be replaced. See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

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$5,721,786 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This picture features a natural disaster: a volcano. Director Mervyn LeRoy's classic earlier film The Wizard of Oz (1939) also featured a natural disaster: a tornado. See more »


When one of the convicts has fallen in the mud pit,a bald headed man in dark clothing(crew member) can be seen behind the fauna to the right,pulling him with a rope further from rescue from Frank Sinatra's character. See more »


Father Joseph Perreau: God go with you.
Harry: God? Who is he?
Charlie: I've never heard of him.
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Two men and a group of children try to escape the wrath of an island volcano
9 November 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

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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