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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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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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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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They jumped into hell to save part of heaven. 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Though Spencer Tracy had top billing on this picture and Frank Sinatra second billing, it's Sinatra's image that's centrally situated at the forefront of the movie's principal theatrical movie poster, not Tracy. BarBara Luna and Tracy are positioned secondarily behind Sinatra. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Father Joseph Perreau: God go with you.
Harry: God? Who is he?
Charlie: I've never heard of him.
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Little-known volcano movie is worth a look
19 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE DEVIL AT 4 O'CLOCK is a disaster film about inhabitants of a remote Caribbean island struggling to escape from the volcano which has begun to erupt on the island. Although I'm a fan of the disaster film genre, I'd never heard of this film before watching, so perhaps it sank without trace. In any case it's a solid enough piece of entertainment with much in common with the likes of KRAKATOA - EAST OF JAVA and WHEN TIME RAN OUT.

One of the most interesting things about DEVIL is the cast. Frank Sinatra headlines as another likable rogue of the kind he did so well. Old-timer Spencer Tracy is a delight as the hard-headed priest who essentially runs the island while the French bores in charge look on. Sinbad star Kerwin Mathews is here too as the young priest sent to replace a retiring Tracy. The supporting cast includes Barbara Luna, a truly exotic-looking beauty, and Bernie Hamilton as one of Sinatra's fellow cons. Hamilton would later go on to TV stardom in STARSKY & HUTCH.

I think it's fair to say that THE DEVIL AT 4 O'CLOCK is a dated film and the special effects haven't held up particularly well, the back projection being a stand out. The first hour is a little slow too. However, once the disaster scenario kicks in, it becomes exciting and often gripping entertainment, and the ending is unexpectedly emotional. Solid Hollywood entertainment, in other words.


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