Janet Gaynor and Charles Morton
|Directed by||F. W. Murnau|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Carl Mayer|
|Based on||"Les Quatre Diables"|
by Herman Bang
|Music by||Ernö Rapée|
|Cinematography||L. William O'Connell|
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|100 minutes (Sound version)|
97 minutes (Silent version)
- Janet Gaynor - Marion
- Anders Randolf - Cecchi
- Barry Norton - Adolf
- Charles Morton - Charles
- André Cheron - Old roue
- George Davis - Mean clown
- Philippe De Lacy - Adolf as a child
- Nancy Drexel - Louise
- Mary Duncan - The lady
- Wesley Lake - Old clown
- Anita Louise - Louise as a child
- J. Farrell MacDonald - The clown
- Claire McDowell - Woman
- Jack Parker - Charles as a child
- Anne Shirley - Marion as a girl (billed as Dawn O'Day)
4 Devils was released by Fox Film Corporation, and was produced by William Fox, who had hired Murnau to come to the United States. It was initially released as a silent with a synchronised music score and sound effects in October 1928 , and grossed $100,000 in New York City, but because of the talkie picture craze, Fox pulled it from distribution and ordered sound to be added. A 25% sound version, incorporating "synchronised sound effects, music and dialogue sequences", was made without Murnau's cooperation.
No copies of either version of the film are known to exist, and 4 Devils remains among the most sought after lost films of the silent era. Details of the movie can be found on the DVD for Sunrise, released by Fox as part of their 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection.
Film historian and collector William K. Everson stated that the only surviving print was lost by actress Mary Duncan who had borrowed it from Fox Studios. Martin Koerber, curator of Deutsche Kinemathek, is more hopeful, writing that the print was given to Duncan, and that her heirs, if any, may yet have it.
Other adaptations of The Four Devils
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Four Devils
- Four Devils at TheGreatStars.com; Lost Films Wanted(Wayback Machine)
- "4 Devils". SilentEra.com. May 21, 2012.
- Eyman, Scott. The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926-1930. Simon and Schuster, New York: 1997.
- "Lost Films: 4 Devils". Deutsche Kinemathek. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- "4 Devils". silentera.com.
- "DE FIRE DJÆVLE". Danish Film institute.
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