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4 Devils (1928)

Passed | | Drama | 1 August 1929 (Argentina)
Four orphans, raised by an aging clown, becomes a high wire act in a circus.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Berthold Viertel (adaptation), Herman Bang (story "De Fire Djaevle") | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Marion
Mary Duncan ... The Lady
Charles Morton ... Charles
Barry Norton ... Adolf
Nancy Drexel ... Louise
J. Farrell MacDonald ... The Clown
Anders Randolf ... Cecchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E.H. Calvert
André Cheron André Cheron ... Old Roue
George Davis George Davis ... Mean Clown
Philippe De Lacy ... Adolf - as a Boy
Wesley Lake Wesley Lake ... Old Clown
Anita Louise ... Louise - as a Girl (as Anita Fremault)
Claire McDowell ... Woman
Jack Parker Jack Parker ... Charles - as a Boy
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Storyline

Four orphans, raised by an aging clown, becomes a high wire act in a circus.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1929 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Four Devils See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(sound) | (silent)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (talking sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alfredo Codona, a famed trapeze artist, and the only one in the world who had built a triple black flip into his regular act, worked on the film as a consultant. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Marion
Lyrics by Lew Pollack
Music by Erno Rapee
Copyright 1928 by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Inc
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Another lost treasure from the silent era.
17 September 2005 | by Damfino1895See all my reviews

This isn't a review as such as it is a lost film and no one can possibly review it as anything, but, that. However, if you have the latest DVD of "Sunrise" there is an excellent documentary as an extra about this lost piece of work by the genius that was Murnau. It is highly detailed with the complete storyline illustrated with still and design drawings and an excellent commentary. The only downside is that it makes you yearn for the opportunity to see this movie and we can just live in the hope that one day it will be discovered in a distant or not so distant archive or in someone's granny's attic. It is ironic how we talk of the early film makers as visionaries, yet, they and the studio heads were not forward thinking enough to preserve these pieces of history for future generations.


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