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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

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)
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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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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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Budget:

$5,721,786 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia originally wanted Sidney Poitier for the Frank Sinatra part. 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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A fine film despite flaws.
17 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always thought this would be a good film to show problem kids in a group home: the film presents great values of friendship, loyalty, love and self-sacrifice (among a group of convicts) and the possibility of "redemption" through these values. The story is melodramatic (bordering on operatic!) but, if you accept the old-fashioned style of movie-making, it really works. As with all classic films, this is one you can watch over and over for the aesthetics as well as for the story. The acting is fine. The ONLY thing in the film that doesn't hold up, in my opinion, is the scene through the jungle with Frank Sinatra carrying the blind girl on his back: it looks a bit comical to a modern viewer.


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