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Director:
Writers:
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)
Max Catto (novel)
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Release Date:
18 October 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
48 HOURS OF TERRIFIC SUSPENSE AS NATURE GOES ON A RELENTLESS RAMPAGE OF DESTRUCTION ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
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Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies
 (From WENN. 2 January 2009, 4:08 AM, PST)

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Cast

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Spencer Tracy ... Father Matthew Doonan

Frank Sinatra ... Harry

Kerwin Mathews ... Father Joseph Perreau

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Grégoire Aslan ... Marcel (as Gregoire Aslan)
Alexander Scourby ... The Governor

BarBara Luna ... Camille (as Barbara Luna)
Cathy Lewis ... Matron
Bernie Hamilton ... Charlie
Martin Brandt ... Doctor Wexler
Louis Merrill ... Aristide Giraud

Marcel Dalio ... Gaston
Tom Middleton ... Paul, Co-pilot
Ann Duggan ... Clarisse
Louis Mercier ... Corporal
Michele Montau ... Margot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Citizen (uncredited)
Earl D'Eon ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Louis (uncredited)
Max Dommar ... Grellou (uncredited)
Janine Grandel ... French Woman (uncredited)
Moki Hana ... Sonia (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Napoleon (uncredited)
William Keaulani ... Constable (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Tavi (uncredited)
Robert M. Luck ... Captain Olsen (uncredited)
Ma Ma Loa ... Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Mancuso ... Hawaiian Boy (uncredited)
Tony Maxwell ... Antoine (uncredited)
Pearl Rose ... Hawaiian Girl (uncredited)
Robin Shimatsu ... Marianne (uncredited)
Nanette Tanaka ... Fleur (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... Fouquette (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy  (as Mervyn Le Roy)
 
Writing credits
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)

Max Catto (novel)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Production Design by
John Beckman (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor (as Charles J.Rice)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (uncredited)
Willis Cook .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Milton Feldman .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
126 min
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Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2006) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19964, original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (DVD)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Island Went Krakatoa On Them, 24 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I've always been of the firm belief that it is not possible to do a bad film in the South Pacific. Just the cinematography alone is a guarantee for me to enjoy it and you will enjoy The Devil at 4 O'Clock for that reason alone if nothing else.

It's entirely possible that Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra agreed to do the film for a vacation to Hawaii and who could blame them. But in fact with Mervyn Leroy directing, the two of them starred in a very nice story about a priest losing and regaining his faith.

Spencer Tracy is in his fourth and final film as a priest. He was sent many years ago to this tropical paradise under French colonial administration. It's a lush green place with a very large volcano.

Tracy also saw a need for a children's hospital for lepers which was still prevalent among the population. The other islanders didn't share his vision to put it mildly. Their own callousness drove him from his faith and started him drinking and doing other sins.

Anyway he's being recalled and a new priest, Kerwin Matthews, is being sent to replace him on the island and in the hospital which is located halfway up the volcano slope. Arriving on the same plane for layover are three convicts, Frank Sinatra, Bernie Hamilton, and Gregoire Aslan, who are bound for prison in Tahiti.

Wouldn't you know it, the volcano erupts and the only men who are able to help Tracy with the hospital patients and staff getting them down the mountain and evacuated are the three convicts.

It's quite a journey, all of the people involved discover hidden wellsprings of character.

Of course the two stars have great roles. There's enough of the hipster Sinatra there to recognize, but he too is transformed by the experience. This maybe the only film where he plays someone who is actually from where old Blue Eyes was born in real life, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Spencer Tracy had stopped playing traditional leading men long before this. He had an aversion to make up in general and was the least vain of leading male stars about growing old. Tracy's face and the sincerity with which he speaks his lines keep his performance from becoming maudlin. He has a powerful moving scene comforting the dying Bernie Hamilton and renewing his own lapsed Catholicism.

The only thing I fault The Devil at 4 O'Clock for is that Humphrey Bogart did not live long enough to do the part Sinatra did. Tracy and Bogey were a great mutual admiration society and way back in 1931 they did a film for John Ford, Up the River, which was Tracy's screen debut and Bogey's second film. They never got to work together again, but became great friends and Tracy was a frequent visitor along with Katharine Hepburn to Bogart when he was dying.

As good as Sinatra was, this part was made for Humphrey Bogart. I have a feeling had he lived with a bit of rewriting, this could have been their joint co-starring vehicle.

What a classic that would have been.

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