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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Le Roy)

Writers:

Liam O'Brien (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Louis Merrill ... Aristide Giraud
Marcel Dalio ... Gaston
Thomas H. Middleton Thomas H. Middleton ... Paul, Co-pilot
Ann Duggan Ann Duggan ... Clarisse
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Corporal
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They jumped into hell to save part of heaven. See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In his autobiography "Sun and Shadow", Jean-Pierre Aumont, who played Jacques, spoke of scheduling conflicts between Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra: "[Tracy], a genial man who was not well at the time, couldn't work past the morning. The problem was that Sinatra would only work in the afternoon. In the morning he hired a private plane and hopped from island to island trying to convince the startled inhabitants to vote for [John F. Kennedy] in the next presidential election. Around two o'clock he returned, exhausted, at the precise moment when Tracy was retiring for the day to his rooms. How, in these conditions, the scenes between Tracy and Sinatra were shot is a mystery to me." See more »

Goofs

At approximately one hour and 48 minutes into the film, when a convict falls into a mud pit and drowns, just before he disappears below the surface you can see a mistake in the background matte which shows the volcano. The glaring mistake reveals part of the background appearing in front of the top of his head, making it appear as though the top of his head is missing. Then as he slips further down, the top of his head then comes back into view as his head falls below the matte. See more »

Quotes

Marcel: Harry, what if it
[the parachute]
Marcel: doesn't open?
Harry: When you hit the ground, tell me about it and I'll fix it for you.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

User Reviews

 
Affirmation of religion with a great script and photography
20 March 2003 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

This film anticipates the "Dirty Dozen" film formula with a great story that affirms one's faith in God and the true missionary spirit of Catholic priests who went to various parts of the world to help the poor and the wretched of the earth at great personal sacrifice.

Yet the greatness of the film is not about the missionary zeal of Catholic priests but more about faith in God--the loss of faith and the process of regaining it. It is not an action film, it is a spiritual journey where convicts turn religious by observing selfless actions of others. It brings to mind Pearl S. Buck's "Satan never sleeps". The choice of the title "Devil at 4 O'clock" is unfortunate as the film is not about any devil--there is only a volcanic eruption at that time.

Even if you choose to discount the story, the film is admirable for its earthquake and volcano/lava flow sequences. I wonder how they were able to splice in realistic lava scenes as well as scenes of a small plane flying in close proximity to a volcano in full fury.

Along with "The Seventh Cross" and "Bad Day at Black Rock" this film ranks high as a Spencer Tracy film. He carries the film on his shoulders with good support from Frank Sinatra and Gregoire Aslan. Joseph Biroc's camerawork and Mervyl Leroy's decision to direct this film are commendable. If you have not seen the film see it, it will uplift your spirits and your faith in human values.


21 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil at 4 O'Clock See more »

Filming Locations:

Fallbrook, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,721,786 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed