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Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase – Summer Under The Stars

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/25/2012

TCMElvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Gene Kelly among the Legends Spotlighted in TCM’s SUMMER UNDER THE STARS in August

Month-Long Celebration of Hollywood’s Brightest Stars Showcases a Different Actor or Actress Each Day

Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase – SUMMER UNDER THE STARS – is celebrating its10th anniversary this year as TCM once again pays tribute to 31 different stars in 31 days. This year’s roster shines a spotlight on such legendary stars as John Wayne (Aug. 1), who opens the month with a lineup that includes three John Ford and two Howard Hawks classics; gold-medalist-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller (Aug. 3), whose day coincides with 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the 100th anniversary of the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan character; Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 4), who is being featured for the first time in SUMMER UNDER THE STARS, marking the 50th anniversary of her death; Elvis Presley (Aug. 16), whose day marks the 35th anniversary of his death; and Gene Kelly (Aug. 23), whose wife, Patricia Ward Kelly, will join TCM host Robert Osborne to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the actor-director-choreographer’s birth; and Ingrid Bergman (Aug. 29), whose day marks the 30th anniversary since her death.

This year, nearly half of this year’s actors and actress featured in SUMMER UNDER THE STARS are first-timers to the month-long event. In addition to Weissmuller and Monroe, the list of 14 newcomers includes:
Van Heflin (Aug. 6)
Toshiro Mifune (Aug. 9)
Lionel Barrymore (Aug. 10)
Lillian Gish (Aug. 15)
Freddie Bartholomew (Aug. 18)
Eva Marie Saint (Aug. 19)
Anthony Quinn (Aug. 20)
Kay Francis (Aug. 21)
Tyrone Power (Aug. 25)
Jeanette MacDonald (Aug. 27)
Warren William (Aug. 30)
James Caan (Aug. 31)

This year’s SUMMER UNDER THE STARS lineup will also feature several returning fan favorites. In addition to Wayne, Presley, Kelly and Bergman, the list of returning stars includes:
Myrna Loy (Aug. 2)
Claude Rains (Aug. 5)
Sidney Poitier (Aug. 7)
Rita Hayworth (Aug. 8)
James Mason (Aug. 11)
Ginger Rogers (Aug. 12)
Deborah Kerr (Aug. 13)
James Cagney (Aug. 14)
Katharine Hepburn (Aug. 17)
Jack Lemmon (Aug. 22)
Irene Dunne (Aug. 24)
Gary Cooper (Aug. 26)
Ava Gardner (Aug. 28)

The 2012 edition of SUMMER UNDER THE STARS also features 27 films making their first appearances on TCM, including Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai trilogy (1954-56 – Aug. 9); the all-star drama Night Flight (1933 – Aug. 10), which was recently restored and screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival; the delectable Agatha Christie mysteryEvil Under the Sun (1982 – Aug. 11); the special-effects extravaganza Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959 – Aug. 9); the allegorical drama The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969 – Aug. 18); the endearing Tom Brown’s School Days (1940 – Aug. 18); the 1938 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped (Aug. 18); the historical epicMohammed: Messenger from God(1976 – Aug. 20); the 1957 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Aug. 25); and Michael Mann’s stylish thriller Thief (1981 – Aug. 31).

TCM’s popular franchises The Essentials, co-hosted by TCM’s Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and The Essentials Jr., hosted by Bill Hader, will continue throughout SUMMER UNDER THE STARS:

The Essentials
 – Saturdays at 8 p.m. (ET)
Some Like It Hot (1959 – Aug. 4)
Lolita (1962 – Aug. 11)
Captains Courageous (1937 – Aug. 18)
The Razor’s Edge (1946 – Aug. 25).

The Essentials Jr. – Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET)
The Invisible Man (1933 – Aug. 5)
42nd Street (1933 – Aug. 12)
North by Northwest (1959 – Aug. 19)
Ball of Fire (1941 – Aug. 26).


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