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The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

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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(as Mervyn Le Roy)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

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Harry
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Father Joseph Perreau
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Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
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Marcel (as Gregoire Aslan)
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The Governor
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Camille (as Barbara Luna)
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Matron
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Charlie
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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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In the high adventure tradition of "The Guns of Navarone"! See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier  »

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Budget:

$5,721,786 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This picture is a cross-genre hybrid film: it is both an adventure movie and a disaster film. 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

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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