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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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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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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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Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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"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 »

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


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