Turner Classic Movies kicks off its 2012 Summer Under the Stars programming on Wednesday, August 1, with a full day of movies starring John Wayne. The iconic Western actor is the first star to be featured in the month-long event, which will present films honoring a different classic movie actor or actress each day in August.
The John Wayne films begin at 6 a.m. Eastern time with “Flying Leathernecks” (1951), followed by “Allegheny Uprising” (1939) at 7:45 a.m. The classic John Ford Western, “Stagecoach” (1939), airs at 9:15 a.m., with Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948) at 11 a.m.
The afternoon schedule continues the Western theme with “The Searchers” (1956) at 1:15 p.m., another John Ford picture and often considered one of Wayne’s best films. “Rio Bravo” (1959) begins at 3:15 p.m., followed by “McLintock!” (1963) at 5:45 p.m. The prime time movie at 8 p.m. will be “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1948), another favorite from director John Ford.
The late night lineup offers more variety with the war movie, “They Were Expendable” (1945), at 10 p.m., followed by “Operation Pacific” (1951) at 12:30 a.m. Wayne takes a more uncharacteristic role as a divorced father and football coach in the Michael Curtiz comedy, “Trouble Along the Way” (1953), which airs at 2:30 a.m. The final John Wayne film, “Tall in the Saddle” (1944), returns viewers to the Western and begins at 4:30 a.m.
Summer Under the Stars continues throughout August. Other upcoming stars of the day include Myrna Loy on August 2, Johnny Weissmuller on August 3, and Marilyn Monroe on August 4. Check the official TCM website for more information about the month’s schedule.
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