Movies Under the Stars on the LBJ Ranch Summer Film Series Begins with Western <i>Will Penny</i>
Contact: Sherry Justus, 830-868-7128 ext. 245
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites the public to attend a free movie screening of Will Penny, a 1968 Western starring Charleton Heston, on Saturday, June 13 at 9 pm. The movie will be projected onto an 18 by 25 foot outdoor screen that includes a professional sound system. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown on Sunday, June 14; also at 9 pm. Free refreshments will be provided to enhance viewing enjoyment.
Will Penny is both a romance and a Western. Charlton Heston plays an aging cowpoke who encounters a woman (Joan Hackett) and her son in a remote mountain cabin on the ranch where he works protecting the property from trespassers. The film also stars Donald Pleasance, Lee Majors, Bruce Dern, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens. Released in April, 1968, it is one of the very last films from the "old school" type of Hollywood Westerns. It won the Bronze Wrangler Award during the Western Heritage Awards of 1969.
President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson often invited friends and neighbors to attend movie showings in their airplane hangar, which also served as a location for press conferences and family gatherings. Will Penny is one of the movies that the Johnsons and guests watched in this now historic location. It is in keeping with this tradition that Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park began the Movies Under the Stars on the LBJ Ranch film series in the summer of 2008.
The public can drive on to the LBJ Ranch beginning at 7:30 pm with free parking on the taxiway adjacent to the ranch airplane hangar. Everyone should bring his own choice of seating, and picnicking before and during the movie is permitted.
The next movie, which will be shown on Saturday, July 18, is The Green Berets, directed by and starring John Wayne.
For further information and driving directions, please call (830) 868-7128, ext. 244.
Did You Know?
An invasive plant that Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has problems with just happens to be a non-native grass called Johnson Grass. Besides being tough to get rid of, it is poisonous to livestock if eaten just after a freeze. (photo ©Barry A. Rice/The Nature Conservancy)