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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:
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NewsDesk:
Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies
 (From WENN. 2 January 2009, 4:08 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Volcano shenanigans make for enjoyable disaster pic. See more (25 total) »

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 (as The Mervyn Le Roy-Fred Kohlmar Production of)
 
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
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Milton Feldman .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
126 min
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Color (Eastman Color)
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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 (MPAA rating: certificate #19964, original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (DVD)

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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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Harry:Hey, Holy Joe, we don't owe you nuttin', so don't start pushin'.
Father Matthew Doonan:Where you from, tough guy? I hear echoes.
Harry:I've been around... What's it to ya?
Father Matthew Doonan:You spit your T's. That'd be Jersey, I guess, maybe Jersey City. Hunh! I came from just across the River - Hell's Kitchen. We used to eat punks like you.
Harry:Maybe. That's when you had your teeth.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Volcano shenanigans make for enjoyable disaster pic., 5 January 2014
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Devil at 4 O'Clock is directed by Mervin LeRoy and adapted to screenplay by Liam O'Brien from the novel of the same name written by Max Catto. It stars Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews, Jean- Pierre Aumont, Grégoire Aslan, Bernie Hamilton, Barbara Luna and Cathy Lewis. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.

Pleasantly old fashioned film making, a disaster movie from the early 60s that boasts star appeal and nifty effects for the era. Plot finds Tracy as Father Doonan, a cleric who has lost his faith and likes a tipple or two. Ensconsed on a pacific island that houses a children's leper hospital, Father Doonan is to be relieved of his duties by Father Joseph Perreau (Mathews).

Enter three convicts who have to stop by the island, fronted by angry agnostic Harry (Sinatra), the cons are put to work in the leper hospital just as the island volcano decides it is time to erupt and level the island post haste.

What transpires sees a race against time formula adhered to, with added slices of sacrifice and redemption unfurled for our emotionally tickled enjoyment. It's undeniably too long at over two hours, really stretching the premise to breaking point, but such is the fine work of cast, photographer and director, it rounds out as spiffing entertainment. Great ending as well! 7/10

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