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
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
They think they can give me a college education
Well, I vow sometimes educated people has less brains than fools
Wouldn't you want me to go?
I'd rather you go to college than anything in the whole world, but just where they think we can raise that kind of money when your father even worked overtime to get you a graduation ring, did you ever see university boys, there rich boys, their daddys have money or they wouldn't even let them inside the gates.
America the Beautiful
Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Sung by Barbara McNair See more