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Lady Bird Johnson Home Movie #24: The Johnsons, The Connallys, The Thornberrys 1951, 1953

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Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011

Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies, Home Movie #24. Footage of the Johnsons at parties and on vacation in the spring of 1951 and the summer of 1953. This is a silent, color, mostly outdoor film with retrospective narration by Mrs. Johnson. Following is a scene by scene description, courtesy of the Audio Visual Archives at LBJ Library.
The film opens with Lynda (Johnson Robb)'s seventh birthday party in the spring of 1953. Lynda opens presents while friends watch, including Patty Nichols, Mollie Thornberry, Hunter Minix?, David Thornberry, the Reed children, Dale Miller, and Beth Jenkins. Lynda blows out the candles on the cake. Marjorie Jenkins cuts the cake; Patty Nichols watches. Lynda, Luci Johnson and others at the table eat birthday cake. Luci plays with Rodney.
The next section features Lady Bird Johnson, Luci, and Lynda and others at the Tidal Basin.
Eloise Thornberry poses holding Mollie and Rodney amongst blooming cherry trees. Lynda poses behind a cherry blossom branch, and Mary Rather holds Luci. Mrs. Johnson poses with Mollie by a cherry tree. Luci, Mollie, Rodney, Mary Rather, and Helen? stand by a tree. Lady Bird holds Luci looking at cherry blossom.
The following scenes feature Lynda, Luci, and Mrs. Sam Ealy Johnson in the backyard at their home at 30th Place in Washington D.C.. Lynda and Lady Bird smell flowers in their backyard.
Lynda throws kisses. Mrs. Johnson smells flowers and visits with Lynda and Luci. Luci throws kisses.
The next section features the Johnson and Thornberry families in the backyard at 30th place in Washington, D.C.. Lyndon Baines Johnson (in sport shirt) stands with Eloise and Homer Thornberry next to flowers. LBJ pushes Luci on the swings; David Thornberry plays on the other swing; Homer Thornberry pushes Mollie. Mollie and David sit in chairs. Luci, Mollie, and David and Rodney stand by flowers.
Next is of Luci's fourth birthday in 1951. Luci and friends sit at a table with birthday cake.
The film now cuts to The Johnsons and Connallys vacationing on St. Jo Island, near Port Aransas, Texas. The section opens with water and seashore scenes from a motorboat. LBJ (in bathing suit) sits in the surf holding Luci, surrounded by the children. Group in the surf: John Connally, LBJ, Nellie Connally, and children (Lynda and Luci, Johnny Connally and Cathleen Connally). John Connally holds Luci with Lynda next to him. Luci poses with a parasol on the beach. Luci and Johnny Connally play on the beach. Nellie Connally poses on the beach in her bathing suit. Luci plays in the mud on the beach. Lady Bird poses on the beach in her bathing suit, and then we see views of the house where they were staying. Lynda, Luci, Cathleen, and Johnny pose in front of the house, and then sit on the beach. Lynda and Cathleen sit in the surf, and then the camera pauses on a Portuguese man of war.
The next scenes take place on a boat and feature views of shrimp boats and St. Jo Island from a boat. LBJ sits in the boat, and Nellie Connally fishes. John Connally suns. Then LBJ, John, Lady Bird, Nellie, and the children are back on land. The staff from the house poses for the camera.
The next shots are of a deserted backyard views at 1901 Dillman, in Austin, Texas (the Johnson's home).
Next are scenes from Texas State Society picnic. LBJ (in cowboy hat) stands next to Gene Autry. Gene Autry with Lynda pose with other children. Gene Autry, LBJ, Lynda, Luci, and unidentified boy stand together. Then the camera shows crowd scenes at the picnic. Sam Rayburn goes through the food line. LBJ and Gene Autry shake hands and meet people.
Mary Rather and Dale Miller pose. LBJ and Gene Autry talk to others, with Sid Richardson in the background. The camera pauses on an Olin Teague campaign sign on tree. LBJ, Gene Autry, and John Connally talk to people. Mary Rather, Sid Richardson, LBJ, Gene Autry, Lynda, and John Connally go through the food line. Marjorie Jenkins poses by a picnic sign. Mrs. Wire? poses. Tom Clark and his son? with Lady Bird. Gene Daniels (wife of Sen. Daniels), Mrs. Cabell?, and other ladies in cowboy hats pose for the camera. Sen. and Mrs. Tom Connally sit and eat. Walter Jenkins and family pose. Lady Bird, Walter Jenkins, Marjorie Jenkins, and Eddie Weisel? pose and talk to each other. An unidentified couple stands by a picnic sign. We see Mr. and Mrs. Bob Poage, an unidentified woman standing by a sign on a tree, and then Sen. and Mrs. McFarland. Two unidentified women stand and eat next to a skewer. Attorney General Herbert Brownell and his two daughters pose (Brownell was in Harry S. Truman's Cabinet).
The final scenes are of Luci and friends celebrating her sixth birthday in 1953. We see birthday cake, Emilie Sheldon? pushing her son on the swings, Missy Grant, and Beth Jenkins, and Walter and Marjorie Jenkins. Luci plays on the swings and sits on the ground eating with others.

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