To see this--or any other major Alfred Hitchcock film--is to realize that he's still ahead of the game when it comes to telling a story with a camera, let alone generating suspense without compare. From the moment Robert Walker's charming psychopath (background) suggests he murder upscale Farley Granger's troublesome estranged wife and Granger (pictured, with Ruth Roman) in turn kills Walker's dotty mother, the 1951 classic moves forward swiftly and flawlessly, climaxing in the famous murder scene at the runaway carousel (TNT Friday at 10:15 p.m.).
Other four-star films this week:
The Lost Weekend AMC, Sunday, 4 and 10:10 p.m.
42nd Street Showtime, Tuesday, 3 p.m.
Foreign Correspondent Disney Channel, Wednesday, 1 a.m.
The Magnificent Ambersons AMC, Wednesday, 2:30 and 8:35 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
The Conversation KCOP, Thursday, 2:30 a.m.
North by Northwest TNT Friday, 5 p.m.