The Devil at 4 O’Clock

48 HOURS OF TERRIFIC SUSPENSE AS NATURE GOES ON A RELENTLESS RAMPAGE OF DESTRUCTION!

devilat4oclockAt the same time as Father Doonan (Spencer Tracy) is being relieved of duty as head of the church at a Pacific island, and three convicts make a stop there, the island’s volcano is about to erupt. It’s been seen as a predecessor to the 1970s Irwin Allen disaster movies, this drama about the effort to save children at a hospital during a volcano eruption. On the whole it has little to offer, apart from explosive special effects that garnered a lot of attention. Slow, and neither Tracy’s drunken priest nor Frank Sinatra’s criminal with a heart of gold who falls for a blind girl are engaging enough.

1961-U.S. 126 min. Color. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Spencer Tracy (Matthew Doonan), Frank Sinatra (Harry), Jean-Pierre Aumont (Jacques), Kerwin Mathews, Barbara Luna.

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