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Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family  |  16 May 1963 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Preacher Clyde Goodman
Claris Coleman
Miss Parker
Lillian Bronson ...
Dr. Campbell
Colonel Coleman
Kathy Bennett ...
Minnie-Cora Cook
Percy Cook
Mother Ida
Ken Mayer ...
Mr. John


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 garykmcd

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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"


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Nove Irmãos  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In their book "How Underdog Was Born...", W. Watts Biggers and Chad Strover reveal that seeing Wally Cox's performance in this movie inspired them to ask him to voice their newly created character, Underdog. See more »


When clay is talking church with Mother Ida at about 22 min. into the movie. You can clearly see traffic traveling down a highway behind Ida. See more »


Olivia Spencer: Must you, we got company!
Clay Spencer: [drunk] Come open your arms because I'm going to kiss those ruby lips right off you
[attempting to kiss her]
Olivia Spencer: Oh Clay Stop it! Behave yourself the minister and Ms Parker are in there
Clay Spencer: Oh good for Ms Parker
[continues to kiss and grab his wife]
Olivia Spencer: Clay Stop Clay!
Clay Spencer: I love you woman
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Followed by A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993) See more »


America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates 1904
Music by Samuel A. Ward, 1882
Sung by Barbara McNair
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Not one of the all-time greats, but well worth a viewing!
12 September 1999 | by (Jackson Hole, WY) – See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin calls the film "mawkish", and he is right on, but it is still great fun. Mimsy Farmer's Claris is a hoot ("friction, friction, friction!")! Excellent use of the Jackson Hole locations, especially the Triangle X guest ranch, which served as the Spencer homestead and is still in operation here. Two trivia notes: Bronwyn Fitzsimmons, who played the college secretary, is Maureen O'Hara's daughter in real life. According to AMC Magazine, Henry Fonda showed some off-screen interest in her that O'Hara had to squash. Fonda did the film even though he thought it was so corny it would set U.S. movie-making back 20 years. Also, you have Wally Cox's character listed as GoodMAN, but the name was actually GoodSON. Highly recommended.

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