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?
Earl Hamner Jr. wrote the novel, that became this movie, and eventually The Walton's. That is why there are so many similarities. 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
I can now all I need was the boy being accepted, he's my Collateral
[Dean's secretary leaves
You must live for days like this.
[to the Dean
In the Garden
Written by Austin Miles
Sung by Olivia Spencer (Maureen O'Hara
) and the cast at the funeral See more