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.
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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Did You Know?
The TV show "The Waltons," shares many similarities to this movie, including the name of the eldest son ("Clayboy" vs "Johnboy), the eldest son being a scholar, the big family growing up on a mountain named for the family, the alcoholic "recipe" brewed by two elderly sisters from their papas recipes, and the family members all wishing each other good night. Plus the cow Chance and Granpa Zebulon. See more
When clay is talking church with Mother Ida at about 22 min. into the movie. You can clearly see traffic traveling down a highway behind Ida. See more
Man in back of bus
[Last lines: Clayboy has boarded the bus, leaving home for college
Goin' far, son?
Followed by A Walton Wedding
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Words and Music by James Milton Black
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