The young Stanley Kubrick transformed Humphrey Cobb's famous anti-war novel--about a petulant World War I French general who, after a failed attack, orders the execution of his own troops--into a grimly amusing and tense 1957 classic of military madness. With Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready and Timothy Carey. Co-written by Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson. (Yes, that Jim Thompson.) (TMC Friday at 6:15 a.m.)
Other selected four-star films airing this week:
Terms of Endearment / TNT, Sunday, 3 p.m.
The Adventures of Robin Hood / TNT, Sunday, 7 p.m.
The Last Picture Show / TNT, early Monday, 12:30 a.m.
Stage Door / AMC, Wednesday, 3 a.m.
Raise the Red Lantern / Showtime, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
His Girl Friday / TMC, Wednesday, 5:40 p.m.