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"Tales from the Crypt" Yellow (1991)

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Gilbert Adler (screenplay)
A L Katz (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
28 August 1991 (Season 3, Episode 14)
The year is 1918. During World War I, somewhere in France, it's the 49th day of continuous battle on the front lines... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
The futility and the slaughter See more (8 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Kirk Douglas ... General Kalthrob

Eric Douglas ... Lt. Martin Kalthrob

Lance Henriksen ... Sergeant Ripper

Dan Aykroyd ... Captain Milligan

John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Dominick Morra ... Priest
Steve Boyum ... King
Chuck Picerni Jr. ... Jones (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Anthony Gallo ... Corporal
R. David Smith ... Soldier

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Zemeckis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gilbert Adler  screenplay
A L Katz  screenplay
Jim Thomas  screenplay
John Thomas  screenplay

Produced by
Gilbert Adler .... producer
Richard Donner .... executive producer
David Giler .... executive producer
Walter Hill .... executive producer
Michael Hirsh .... executive producer
Connie Johnson .... associate producer
Barry Josephson .... co-producer
Marcus Keys .... associate producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... co-producer
Joel Silver .... executive producer
Robert Zemeckis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
Don Burgess 
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
Production Design by
Gregory Melton  (as Greg Melton)
Art Department
Manuel Baca .... set dresser
Bryan Corbett .... construction foreman
Joe Del Monte .... construction foreman
Héctor López .... assistant property
Thomas A. O'Conor .... construction crew
Michael Whetstone .... set dresser
Stephen Sturm .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark R. La Pointe .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Hal Miles .... animatronic supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Warren Eig .... grip
Hugh McCallum .... best boy grip
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Dan Henley .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
J.A. Steel .... story intern (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Casting by
Melissa M. Thomas 
Makeup Department
Richard Duell .... special makeup designer
Michael Key .... special makeup supervisor
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Gaviola .... assistant director
Marios Hamboulides .... trainee assistant director
Steve Picerni .... second unit director
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
Art Department
Mike Brooks .... propmaker gangboss
Liz Chiz .... on-set dresser
Louise Del Araujo .... lead
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter
Dragon Dronet .... props
Glenn Forbes .... assistant property master
Robyn Jacobs .... sculptor: opening sequence
Robyn Jacobs .... set decorator: 'crypt keeper' sequences
Richard Ory .... production artist
Joel Ross .... lead man
Steven C. Voll .... propmaker
Amy Vuckovich .... scenic artist (as Amy Botefuhr)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Tim Boggs .... sound editor
William C. Carruth .... supervising sound editor
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer
John Chalfant .... re-recording mixer
John Chalfant .... sound effects editor
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Larry Goodwin .... foley mixer
Gregory Hainer .... sound designer
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Derek Marcil .... adr mixer
Phillip W. Palmer .... sound utility
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Lisa M. Risen .... assistant sound editor (as Lisa Risen)
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor
Robert Ulrich .... sound editor
Kelly Vandever .... re-recording mixer
Marc Vanocur .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Yarek Alfer .... miniatures crew
Joel P. Blanchard .... special effects technician
Tod Ryan .... lab technician
Visual Effects by
Evan Jacobs .... miniatures: title sequence
Ziad Seirafi .... visual effects producer
Rick Avery .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Brewer .... stunt double
Ronald Jaynes .... stunt performer
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Ray Nicholas .... stunt double
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... first assistant camera
Loren Corl .... key grip
Brian Dzyak .... additional camera loader
Lisa Guerriero .... assistant camera
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Jon Kranhouse .... crypt keeper sequences director of photography
Eric H. Lasher .... still photographer
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera (as Chris Lombardy)
Darin Miller .... film loader
Gary Molyneux .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator
Larry Watson .... still photographer
Casting Department
Sherry Sims .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tricia Gray .... costumer
Randall Thropp .... wardrobe supervisor (1992-1994)
Editorial Department
Julia Gray .... assistant film editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant editor (as Bill Meshover)
Lewis Schoenbrun .... assistant editor
Paul M. Wagner .... assistant editor (as Paul Wagner)
Location Management
Steve Housewright .... location scout (as Steven E. Housewright)
Liz Matthews .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Jacqueline Tager .... music editor
Other crew
Gilbert Adler .... crypt keeper sequences director
Pamela Alessandrelli .... assistant to producer
Nan Garcia-Wood .... set medic
Derek Hurd .... key craft service
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Eve McCornick .... assistant production accountant
Page Ostrow .... coach: Marilyn Hassett
Jason Roberts .... assistant: Richard Donner
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor: crypt keeper sequences
Shaun Smith .... puppeteer: Crypt Keeper (season 7)
Ladd Vance .... assistant: Joel Silver (as Ladd Rosenberg-Vance)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

37 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Originally Steven Spielberg was going to direct this episode.See more »
General Kalthrob:My son is not yellow!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Paths of Glory (1957)See more »
Tales from the Crypt ThemeSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The futility and the slaughter, 28 July 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of Kirk Douglas's very few television roles was in this episode of Tales From The Crypt. He plays an American general in World War I who has the distasteful duty of dealing with his real life son Eric who plays a cowardly lieutenant who leaves Sergeant Lance Henriksen out in No Man's Land on a patrol. The dying Henriksen condemns him and Kirk has no choice but to order a court martial for his son.

At the beginning of the show it is emphasized that the company had been 49 straight days on the line in combat and World War I saw the futility and slaughter that was trench warfare. A stalemate of four years where gains were measured in yards. Eric who never wanted a military career and did it only to please his father now faces death.

One of Kirk Douglas's best films is Paths Of Glory also with a World War I setting and dealing with a whole division of French soldiers who've decided they just had enough. The parallels between that classic and this television episode are too obvious to ignore.

And in real life Eric Douglas predeceased his parents the most awful tragedy that any parent can face. Both Douglases, Henriksen, and Dan Ackroyd as a captain give fine performances in one of the best Tales Of The Crypt episodes ever done. No supernatural here, the hell created is war, a man made invention.

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