The year is 1918. During World War I, somewhere in France, it's the 49th day of continuous battle on the front lines. Lieutenant Martin Kalthrob doesn't want to be in the army anymore and ... See full summary »

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General Kalthrob
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Crypt Keeper (voice)
Dominick Morra ...
Steve Boyum ...
King
Chuck Picerni Jr. ...
Jones (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Anthony Gallo ...
Corporal
R. David Smith ...
Soldier
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The year is 1918. During World War I, somewhere in France, it's the 49th day of continuous battle on the front lines. Lieutenant Martin Kalthrob doesn't want to be in the army anymore and asks his father, General Kalthrob, for a discharge. His father refuses but says he will transfer him to the rear if he leads a patrol to the German lines and fix the broken communication line. When he proves himself to be a coward, his father orders a court martial with penalty of death by firing squad. Written by grrlpunk

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28 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Originally Steven Spielberg was going to direct this episode. See more »

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Crypt Keeper: Firing squad! Present arms! Hello creeps. I was just about to fire off tonight's deadtime story. It's about a young soldier who doesn't want to be in the army anymore. I can't imagine why not! I mean war's a great opportunity destroyer.
[chuckles]
Crypt Keeper: Now, where was I? Oh yes! Ready! Maim! And here's my favorite part. Fire!.
[shoots a book off the shelf as it opens up on the table]
Crypt Keeper: I call tonight's tale "Yellow."
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Featured in Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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TALES FROM THE CRYPT: YELLOW (TV) (Robert Zemeckis, 1991) ***
27 October 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Not really horror, this is actually a variation on one of star Kirk Douglas' best films – Stanley Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY (1957). The episode is similarly set on the frontlines of WWI combat; Douglas, however, has George Macready's old role (with Dan Aykroyd acting, more or less, as the defense counsel of the soldier accused of cowardice). The latter, then, is surprisingly well played by Douglas' own real-life son Eric (the characters are likewise related in the story). Apart from offering a good role for Lance Henriksen as well, we get an unflinching display of carnage here (not to mention, some unexpected smattering of foul language). Generally compelling, thought-provoking and poignant, this emerges a nice try all round.


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