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TCM presents Summer Under the Stars in August

Turner Classic Movies celebrates Summer Under the Stars this August, with 31 different classic stars showcased each day of the month. The classic celebrity spotlights begin on Friday, August 1, 2014, with Jane Fonda and end on Sunday, August 31, with Alan Ladd. Each day of the programming offers viewers a chance to appreciate a different star with a full slate of films featuring that performer.

TCM kicks off the 2014 Summer Under the Stars programming with a day of Jane Fonda films on August 1, 2014.
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Summer Under the Stars kicks off with 2014 AFI Lifetime Achievement honoree Jane Fonda, daughter of classic film star Henry Fonda and a seven-time Oscar nominee with two Best Actress wins. The prime time slot on August 1 spotlights Fonda's appearance as the guest of honor at the 2014 AFI event. Films for the day include "The China Syndrome" (1979) at 5:45 pm Eastern and "Cat Ballou" (1965) at 9:15 pm.

As usual, the Summer Under the Stars schedule features a mix of iconic stars like Judy Garland, Cary Grant, and Audrey Hepburn as well as less familiar actors like Gladys George, Alexis Smith, and Arlene Dahl. The films for each day also alternate between the usual fan favorites and more obscure fare. Charlie Chaplin represents the silent era on August 14, Lee Tracy provides Pre-Code comedy on August 21, and Sophia Loren gives the schedule some international flair on August 26. Viewers will find a wide variety of classic film genres on offer during the month, from Westerns and noir films to romances and musicals.

Here are the stars to be showcased each day of the programming throughout August, along with the film being shown during the 8 pm Eastern prime time window. For a full list of the movies being shown, visit the official TCM website.

August 1 - Jane Fonda - AFI Achievement Awards ceremony (2014)

August 2 - David Niven - "The Pink Panther" (1964)

August 3 - Walter Pidgeon - "How Green Was My Valley" (1941)

August 4 - Judy Garland - "Strike Up the Band" (1940)

August 5 - Barbara Stanwyck - "Ball of Fire" (1942)

August 6 - Paul Muni - "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932)

August 7 - James Stewart - "The Naked Spur" (1953)

August 8 - Jeanne Moreau - "The Trial" (1963)

August 9 - William Powell - "The Thin Man" (1934)

August 10 - Carole Lombard - "To Be or Not to Be" (1942)

August 11 - Marlon Brando - "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)

August 12 - Alexis Smith - "Gentleman Jim" (1942)

August 13 - Cary Grant - "Hot Saturday" (1932)

August 14 - Charlie Chaplin - "The Birth of the Tramp" (2014)

August 15 - Faye Dunaway - "The Three Musketeers" (1973)

August 16 - Herbert Marshall - "Foreign Correspondent" (1940)

August 17 - John Hodiak - "Lifeboat" (1944)

August 18 - Claudette Colbert - "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931)

August 19 - Paul Newman - "The Left-Handed Gun" (1958)

August 20 - Thelma Ritter - "The Mating Season" (1951)

August 21 - Lee Tracy - "Bombshell" (1933)

August 22 - Audrey Hepburn - "Roman Holiday" (1953)

August 23 - Ernest Borgnine - "Marty" (1955)

August 24 - Gladys George - "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)

August 25 - Dick Powell - "Christmas in July" (1940)

August 26 - Sophia Loren - "Two Women" (1961)

August 27 - Edmond O'Brien - "D.O.A." (1950)

August 28 - Arlene Dahl - "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959)

August 29 - Joseph Cotten - "Portrait of Jennie" (1948)

August 30 - Betty Grable - "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953)

August 31 - Alan Ladd - "Shane" (1953)

Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore continue to host the Essentials programming on Saturday evenings. The Summer Under the Stars event also incorporates family-appropriate fare into the schedule as the Essentials, Jr. showcase with host Bill Hader continues on Sunday evenings through August.