4 Devils (1928) - Rotten Tomatoes

4 Devils (1928)



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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 (12) | Top Critics (5)

Raw as the situation is, it is nevertheless embroidered with much detail, not only by very competent acting, but in the elaborate settings.

July 7, 2020 | Full Review…

A plethora of film-footage retards the vehicle but never altogether halts it.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Murnau's work has a largeness and profundity of conception which are sadly lacking in the great majority of the films that come to the Sydney screen.

December 29, 2019 | Full Review…

In a simple circus story F.W. Murnau, producer of those fine films, Sunrise and The Last Laugh, gives a wonderfully true idea of the natures of those who follow the white tops and the sawdust rings.

December 29, 2019 | Full Review…

4 Devils turns out to be an elegantly produced, photographed and directed picture.

December 29, 2019 | Full Review…

There are scenes of a circus troupe in action which are as eye-filling as anything the screen has offered. The whole pulsating spirit of the big tent show has been captured by the camera.

July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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