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 as Marion
- Anne Shirley as Marion as a girl (billed as Dawn O'Day)
- Mary Duncan as The lady
- Anders Randolf as Cecchi
- Barry Norton as Adolf
- Philippe De Lacy as Adolf as a child
- Charles Morton as Charles
- Jack Parker as Charles as a child
- André Cheron as Old roue
- George Davis as Mean clown
- Nancy Drexel as Louise
- Anita Louise as Louise as a child
- Wesley Lake as Old clown
- J. Farrell MacDonald as The clown
- Claire McDowell as Woman
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.
- 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.