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Movies: Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra in “The Devil at 4 O’Clock”

Oct. 18, 1961 - Opening in local theatres today is “The Devil at 4 O’Clock,” starring Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. A crusty, eccentric priest (Tracy) recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano. A “volcano” had to be specially built on farmland outside of Fallbrook, California, which was detonated using almost a ton of explosives. The explosion nearly killed the helicopter pilot and cameraman who were filming it.


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