Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get into a bit of trouble. If he has one dream in life it's to build his wife Olivia a beautiful house on a piece of land he inherited on Spender's mountain. When his eldest son, Clayboy, graduates at the top of his high school class and has the opportunity to go to college, Clay has only one option left to him. Written by
Clayboy's schoolteacher impresses upon Clayboy the following phrase, "The world steps aside to let a man pass, if he knows where he is going"
Did You Know?
According to a Henry Fonda
interview seen on the DVD version of this movie, many locals of Jackson Hole, Wyoming were used as extras for scenes in the movie, such as the graduation of Clayboy. See more
Seeing cars in the background during the film is not a mistake. One of the death dates in the family cemetery is 1959, another is 1956. When Clay Sr, is discussing college with his son he refers to freeways in the college town. There would be nothing unusual about seeing cars on a distant highway at the Spencer residence. See more
I learned to cuss before I could walk.
Shall We Gather at the River?
Words and Music by Robert Lowry
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