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?
Director Delmer Daves
' granddaughter, Michele Daves
, made her only film appearance to date in this movie, appearing as the youngest Spencer child, baby Donnie. See more
When Clay Spencer is driving to the university he's in what looks like a 1955 Ford F100 truck. When he arrives at the school he's driving a 1956 Ford F100. Then when he gets back to the library he's again driving the older model Ford truck. 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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