4 Devils (1928) - Rotten Tomatoes

4 Devils (1928)



Critic Consensus: 4 Devils combines thrilling cinematography and an affecting story to produce an absorbing and well-acted drama.

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The circus provides the backdrop for this melodrama that chronicles the lives of four children raised within the big top. Two of them have grown to be lovers. Though they appear inseparable, trouble ensues when a usurper takes the girl away. The picture is considered a lost work -- no copies are known to have survived. It was nonetheless regarded as an excellent film upon release (hence the 3.5 star rating); a 1928 Variety review proclaimed it "an elegantly produced, photographed, and directed picture by Fox, of high value regular release quality, and missing the super height class only because it is missing any one big kick."


Claire McDowell
as The Woman
Mary Duncan
as The Lady
George Davis
as Mean Clown
Anita Louise
as Louise as a child
Andre Cheron
as Old Roue [Second Sequence]
Jack Parker
as Charley as a boy
Philippe DeLacy
as Adolph as a boy
Michael Visaroff
as Circus Director
Anne Shirley
as Marion as a child
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Critic Reviews for 4 Devils

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

So naturally are the sound effects rendered -- applause, expressions of alarm and so on -- that complete illusion results.

December 3, 2020 | Full Review…

You will love this new Murnau film. If it doesn't strike you as quite the arty photodrama Sunrise was, it will, nevertheless, thrill you more, and afford you the opportunity of seeing again the really unsurpassable Janet Gaynor.

December 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Thrilling scenes of life in a European circus, fine acting on the part of Janet Gaynor and an excellent cast and some first-rate photography and camera work combine to make Four Devils... a photoplay worth seeing.

December 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Made by F. W. Murnau, the imported director who was responsible for The Last Laugh and Sunrise, it is done in the most approved German manner with plenty of surprising camera shots taken from queer angles.

December 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Murnau can only deal with mass emotions, and he is not psychologist enough to make of human symbols of humanity he seeks.

December 2, 2020 | Full Review…

[4 Devils] promises from the opening scenes to be an unusual and Interesting play and it develops without lagging to its dramatic climax.

December 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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