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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Le Roy)

Writers:

Liam O'Brien (screenplay), Max Catto (novel)
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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
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Storyline

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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It was Father Perreau who arrived, Father Doonan who was to be replaced. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel kommt um vier See more »

Filming Locations:

Fallbrook, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,721,786 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,550,000, 31 December 1961
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the main American movie poster for this picture, an image of a volcano is formed out of the wording of the film's "The Devil at 4 O'Clock" title. See more »

Goofs

Going into a cave would not protect anyone from the smoke of a fire. The cave would fill will smoke as the fire progressed. And it would be slow to clear. 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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Holds up well enough.
29 November 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

A star-packed disaster soap opera that's sort of a precursor to such 70s disaster films as "Earthquake". Fortunately, the characters are three-dimensional enough to hold our interest even in the non-action parts, while the big disaster scenes are technically good and hold up well. The film overdoes the religious and messianic angle a bit, but is certainly a pleasant time-filler. (**1/2)


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