Double Feature: ACE IN THE HOLE, 1951, Paramount, 111 min. In this bleak masterpiece from director Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas is withering as the embittered, alcoholic reporter looking for his piece of the pie - when the story of a man trapped in a cave-in falls into his lap, he exploits it to the hilt.
PATHS OF GLORY, 1957, MGM/Park Circus, 86 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. During WWI, French officer Kirk Douglas finds himself in a maze of Catch-22 contradictions when he decides to defend three of his men against charges of cowardice from insane general George Macready. Masterfully shot in black-and-white and featuring stellar performances by Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker and Joe Turkel.