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 Clayboy leads rescuers to his father and grandfather, who have been crushed under a gigantic spruce his father had been chopping down, there are freshly sawed limbs showing as Clayboy climbs into the fallen tree to show the men where to cut. 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.
Shall We Gather at the River?
Words and Music by Robert Lowry
1864 See more