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Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 16 May 1963 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (novel), Delmer Daves
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Clay Spencer
Maureen O'Hara ... Olivia Spencer
James MacArthur ... Clayboy Spencer
Donald Crisp ... Grandpa Zubulon Spencer
Wally Cox ... Preacher Clyde Goodman
Mimsy Farmer ... Claris Coleman
Virginia Gregg ... Miss Parker
Lillian Bronson ... Grandma Spencer
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Campbell
Hayden Rorke ... Colonel Coleman
Kathy Bennett ... Minnie-Cora Cook
Dub Taylor ... Percy Cook
Hope Summers ... Mother Ida
Ken Mayer ... Mr. John
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Storyline

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 Spencer'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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This is your place, Clayboy. Your father brought his sweetheart here and married her. Your eight red-blooded uncles fell in love on Spencer's Mountain. This is your place Clayboy, and this is your time... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spencer's Mountain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Barbara McNair. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Grandma Spencer: [as Clayboy prepares to leave for college] Don't take up any fancy ways, Clayboy. Trust in God and go to church.
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Connections

Followed by The Waltons: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Now the Day is Over
(uncredited)
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1865
Music by Joseph Barnby, 1868
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Picturesque family drama, seriously well-scrubbed...
23 January 2011 | by moonspinner55See 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 masculinity--the only instance where the director gets some sensuality going (it sure isn't there between the adults). "The Waltons" usually managed to add 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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