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Spencer's Mountain (1963)

 -  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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16 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Nove Irmãos  »

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Barbara McNair. See more »


When the new house is burning in the final scenes, you can see the pipes for the fuel that ignites the fire. See more »


Miss Parker: The world steps aside to let any man pass if he knows where he is going.
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Followed by Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain (1982) See more »


Shall We Gather at the River?
Words and Music by Robert Lowry1864
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Picturesque family drama, seriously well-scrubbed...
23 January 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Quarry employee Henry Fonda, living on a cows-and-chickens estate in Wyoming with his wife and nine children, works on building the couple's dream home in the hills while also trying to get his book-learnin' eldest son into college. Sudsy adaptation of Earl Hamner Jr.'s thinly-disguised memoir, which led in due course to TV's "The Waltons", is full of now-familiar elements: the whiskey-sippin' grandpa, the gaggle of young 'uns who bathe together in one tub, the fiery-tempered Mrs. (Maureen O'Hara, giving us nothing new) who asks her husband to work overtime so she can buy her son a graduation ring, the funeral which brings all the scattered relatives together. Given a pictorial sheen by writer-director Delmer Daves and his team of cinematographers, this location-rich drama is so well-intentioned that it becomes rather turgid. James MacArthur seems a tad mature to be just coming-of-age and noticing girls, though Daves feasts on his creamy skin and youthful masculinity--it's the only instance wherein the director gets a little sensuality going. At least "The Waltons" added a dash of vinegar to its mix of homilies and cracker-barrel wisdom; here, when papa Fonda explains sex to son MacArthur by saying, "Just remember, you ain't no bull and she ain't no cow," the incredulous will not be won over. ** from ****

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