The Devil at 4 O'clock (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Devil at 4 O'clock (1961)




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Movie Info

Spencer Tracy plays an American priest tending to the natives of a South Sea island. A plane carrying three convicts -- Harry (Frank Sinatra), Marcel Gregoire Aslan and Charlie Bernie Hamilton) -- lands on the island; Father Doonan (Tracy) manages to enlist their (reluctant) aid in working at a children's hospital. When the island falls victim to a series of earthquakes, Father Doonan and the convicts work together to evacuate the hospital staff and the children. Harry, the least cooperative of the prisoners, becomes a hero during a volcanic eruption by going back to rescue the priest, who with convict Charlie has been holding a bridge in order to allow the others to escape. Father Doonan and the two convicts are killed, but all the children are rescued. Blighted by bad special effects and ponderous direction, Devil at Four O'Clock is less interesting than the behind-the-scenes rumors concerning the friction between Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra.


Spencer Tracy
as Father Matthew Doonan
Kerwin Mathews
as Father Joseph Perreau
Alexander Scourby
as The Governor
Barbara Luna
as Camille
Martin Brandt
as Dr. Wexler
Lou Merrill
as Aristide
Ann Duggan
as Clarisse
Louis Mercier
as Corporal
Tony Maxwell
as Antoine
Moki Hana
as Sonia
Warren Hsieh
as Napoleon
Lucky Luck
as Capt. Olsen
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Critic Reviews for The Devil at 4 O'clock

All Critics (5)

The story has its share of hokum but Tracy's performance has guts and honesty.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The plot of Mervyn LeRoy's adventure is routine but the special effects are good (for its time) and it's well acted by Frank Sinatra as a convict and Spencer Tracy, again playing a priest.

July 10, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Colorful disaster movie with good teaming of Tracy and Sinatra.

December 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

The special effects were fine, and were about all that was salvageable from this disaster of a film.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil at 4 O'clock


Starts off well but bogs down in the middle and never really recovers.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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