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Lady Bird Johnson Home Movie #26: Friends visit the LBJ Ranch, Fall 1955

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Lady Bird Johnson Home Movies, Home Movie #26: Fall 1955. Footage of the Johnsons and friends spending time together at the LBJ Ranch. This is a silent, color film with retrospective narration by Mrs. Johnson. Following is a scene by scene description, courtesy of the Audio Visual Archives at the LBJ Library.
The film opens with the Hubert H. Humphrey family visiting the LBJ Ranch. LBJ, HHH, and Beagle relax in front of the house. Lyndon B. Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, and their son Skipper Humphrey sit in chairs. LBJ stands next to HHH and Skipper. Muriel relaxes in a chair. Lady Bird stands by a fence with the Pedernales River in the background. LBJ, HHH, and Skipper inspect a new tractor near river. LBJ (shirtless) relaxes in a lawn chair and talks to HHH.
The next scenes are of Arthur Godfrey and friends visiting the Johnsons. LBJ visits with Arthur Godfrey on the front lawn. Scoop Russell talks with George Reedy. Bill White and Jerry Griffin sit near the house. LBJ relaxes and suns near the newly-built swimming pool. Bill White, Jerry Griffin, and George Reedy pose. Arthur Godfrey sits by the pool. Lynda Johnson, 11 years old, and her sister Luci Johnson, 8 years old, swim in the pool.
Next we see LBJ, Jim Rowe, and Tom Corcoran looking over the land. We see views of cattle and a new calf. LBJ (shirtless) talks to Jim Rowe. LBJ, Jim Rowe, and Tom Corcoran sit by the house. LBJ visits with Tom Corcoran. Tom Corcoran and Jim Rowe pose.
Next the Johnson family is visited by Stuart Symington and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley West. LBJ poses with Stu Symington near the house. LBJ (shirtless) talks to Wesley West's pilot and Mrs. Neva West. Stu Symington sits and talks in a suit. LBJ swims in the pool. Wesley West and his pilot talk with LBJ. Neva West poses by the pool, as does Stu Symington. Lynda lies in a hammock. Lynda and Carolyn Kellam pose. LBJ (shirtless), Mary Rather, Wesley West and his pilot look at photographs.
The next scenes are of LBJ being visited by various individuals. LBJ visits with Jim McConoughey(?) of Life. LBJ talks to Senator Kerr by a tree and walks among the cattle. We see scenes of new calf and cattle feeding. John Connally and Clark Clifford sit on the house steps with Beagle. LBJ, Clark Clifford, Sen. Kerr, and Luci pose in front of the house. LBJ poses with J. William Fulbright and Orion Harris. Bobby Baker stands with Betty Fulbright by the new pool. J. William Fulbright, Orion Harris, and Bobby Baker pose. LBJ talks with Betty Fulbright. Betty Fullbright, Orion Harris, J. William Fulbright, and Bobby Baker sit by the pool. LBJ talks to Luci and two Mexican girls by the pool. LBJ drives a golf cart with J. William Fulbright, Lynda, and Beagle. The foreman's son tries to catch a burro by the river. LBJ and J. William Fulbright stand next to the burro. LBJ and J. William Fulbright ride in a golf cart. LBJ poses in a Cadillac convertible with Frank and Ruth Stanton. Lynda sits on a Shetland pony. Lynda pets a horse. Frank Stanton relaxes in a chair and talks to LBJ. Betty Fulbright relaxes near the pool. LBJ (shirtless) talks to Mary Rather. Lynda drinks Coke in a hammock. LBJ swims in the pool. Frank Stanton joins LBJ in the pool. LBJ (in a swim suit) talks to Albert and Jenny Jackson of Dallas. Ruth Stanton poses with an unidentified woman. LBJ sits in the pool with Frank Stanton. Paul Taft(?) and Betty Fulbright sit by the pool. Juanita Roberts sits by a desk inside.
The next scenes are of a visit to the ranch by Estes Kefauver, Grace Tully, and others. LBJ stands with Estes Kefauver near the house and next to dead deer on the car. Grace Tully joins them. LBJ's sister Josefa stands with Estes Kefauver and LBJ and Lady Bird with George Reedy in the background. LBJ sits at the wheel of a car with deer on the hood. LBJ and Estes Kefauver stand and pose with the burro. We see a view of the Cadillac with the deer.
Next we see a press conference being held under the pool cabana: Estes Kefauver, LBJ, Grace Tully, George Reedy, Juanita Roberts, and news people. LBJ talks with Les Carpenter and Estes Kefauver. Les Carpenter and LBJ kiss Liz Carpenter. Beagle sits by the car with the dead deer.
Now Senator Styles Bridges, his wife, and George Brown visit. LBJ stands next to Sen. Bridges and George Brown. Delores Bridges sits by the pool. Delores Bridges poses with Lynda and Luci. LBJ, Sen. Bridges, and Delores Bridges pose. LBJ and Delores Bridges stand by the foreman's son, who is on a Shetland pony. LBJ and Sen. Bridges play with Beagle.
The next scenes are of the Johnson and Taylor families at the ranch. LBJ stands with Luci on a pony by the house. We see a view of the sunrise. Tommy Taylor holds a dead deer. Cousin Winston Taylor, Tommy Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Taylor, and Luci pose. Tommy Taylor stands in the pool. LBj, Lynda and Luci swim and play in the pool.
***end of film***

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