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The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1960)

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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Taglines:

In the high adventure tradition of "The Guns of Navarone"! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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
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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

The picture's main poster connected it with two classic movies in its slogan that stated: "In the great high-adventure tradition of "The Guns of Navarone (1961)" and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)"." Notably, those two pictures were war movies and this film is not. See more »

Goofs

After the island explodes, the sea is perfectly calm. A huge eruption like that would have produced a huge tsunami. 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.
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Two men and a group of children try to escape the wrath of an island volcano
9 November 2006 | by bleo-1See all my reviews

This film has been firmly entrenched in my mind since i first saw it in 1974 at the age of seven. I have often thought about it, sometimes forgetting the title, but never forgetting the horror i felt at seeing the explosions and the flowing lava, and feeling the panic of the characters. Man's insignificance and helplessness against mother nature is portrayed with a sense of evil; Not unlike lord of the Flies. Every now and then, it has been replayed on TV, so i have watched it again and refreshed my memory. Even though older now, and more Desensitised to that type of stuff i have enjoyed reflecting as i watch it again. I feel that it set a standard for others to come, with a mixture of suspense, heroism and tragedy that certainly leaves no punches pulled.


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