The Devil at Four o'Clock

  • PG
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1961)
  • US
  • 121 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Director Mervyn LeRoy always enjoyed an exotic location, and this overlong Pacific island-set hokum was probably more fun to make than it is to watch. Our advice is to park your brains and enjoy old-fashioned Hollywood as it lurches into the 1960s, exploding volcano and all. Cast as an agnostic convict, Frank Sinatra gets a chance to act with his idol Spencer Tracy, who never turned down an opportunity to play a priest, his original calling. Even though it constantly tries your patience, this adventure remains compulsive viewing because of the sheer star power on display. Whaddya mean "they don't make 'em like this any more"? - check out Volcano and Dante's Peak.

Plot Summary

Disaster adventure starring Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra. Three convicts being escorted to a prison in Tahiti stop overnight on a volcanic island and find themselves in danger from an imminent eruption.

Cast and crew

Cast

Father Matthew Doonan
Spencer Tracy
Harry
Frank Sinatra
Father Joseph Perreau
Kerwin Mathews
Jacques
Jean-Pierre Aumont
Marcel
Grégoire Aslan
Governor
Alexander Scourby
Camille
Barbara Luna
Matron
Cathy Lewis
Charlie
Bernie Hamilton
Dr Wexler
Martin Brandt

Crew

Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama