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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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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"

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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 »

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When Clay blackmails his neighbours into attending church, a car can be seen traffic travelling down a road in the distance. See more »

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Clay Spencer: I learned to cuss before I could walk.
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When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
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Words and Music by James Milton Black 1893
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Climb every mountain
8 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

A note about Mimsy Farmer who plays Claris : she was very popular in Europe (late sixties/early seventies) when her parts were much different from the rather irritating love interest of "Spencer's mountain":Europeans remember "More" (but the movie is now mainly remembered for Pink Floyd's music and French people may remember "La Route De Salina" and "La Traque" :she often appeared completely naked .

"Spencer's mountain" is rather pleasant ,particularly the landscapes which are nicely filmed.Henry Fonda (cast against type as a father fond of the bottle)and Maureen O'Hara play almost supporting parts ,for most of the time is given over to their son (James McArthur ) who is the real main character of the screenplay.Like in" Peyton Place" (1957),there are too many secondary characters and its concept would better be applied on "the Waltons" a MTV saga.The main subject is Clayboy 's rocky road to college ,at a time when Latin -particularly if you wanted to become a minister ruled over the educated world .but it was a long time ago and the movie may seem naive (but no more than "wild in the country" in which Elvis Presley registered the same desire).Sometimes it recalls "die Trapp Familie" (whose remake "the sound of music" was a blockbuster) for the poor.

It's interesting to note that after 1959,Delmer Daves gave up westerns ,his forte,("Broken arrow" " the last wagon" "3:10 to Yuma" "the hanging tree") to tackle melodrama .His last work " The battle of the Villa Fiorita" (feat.O'Hara again)was another family chronicle but in a posh milieu this time.


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