Spencer's Mountain

Spencer's Mountain (1963)

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"

  • Genre: Drama, Family
  • Release Date: 1963-05-16
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 37 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Delmer Daves
star 6.7/10
From 37 Ratings


Clay Spencer and his wife, Olivia, live in a small town deep in the mountains. When Clay isn't busy drinking with his buddies or railing against the town minister, he's building the house he's always promised Olivia. He is overjoyed when he learns his eldest son will be the first Spencer to attend college, if he can resist the charms of a pretty local girl and rustle up the money for tuition.

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  • Henry Fonda

    as Clay Spencer
  • Maureen O'Hara

    as Olivia Spencer
  • James MacArthur

    as Clayboy Spencer
  • Donald Crisp

    as Grandpa Spencer
  • Wally Cox

    as Preacher Goodman
  • Mimsy Farmer

    as Claris Coleman
  • Virginia Gregg

    as Miss Parker
  • Lillian Bronson

    as Grandma Spencer
  • Whit Bissell

    as Dr. Campbell
  • Hayden Rorke

    as Colonel Coleman
  • Kathy Bennett

    as Minnie-Cora Cook
  • Dub Taylor

    as Percy Cook
  • Hope Summers

    as Mother Ida
  • Ken Mayer

    as Mr. John
  • Rusty Lane

    as University Dean (uncredited)
  • Barbara McNair

    as Graduation Singer (uncredited)
  • Kym Karath

    as Pattie-Cake Spencer (uncredited)
  • Victor French

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Med Flory

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Michael Greene

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Mike Henry

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Larry D. Mann

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • James O'Hara

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Ray Savage

    as Spencer Brother (uncredited)
  • Bronwyn FitzSimons

    as Dean's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Veronica Cartwright

    as Becky Spencer (uncredited)
  • William Breen

    as Mountain Boy (uncredited)
  • Michele Daves

    as Donnie Spencer (uncredited)
  • Martin Eric

    as Odell Harper (uncredited)
  • Robert "Buzz" Henry

    as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
  • Rory Mallinson

    as Cop (uncredited)
  • Guy Wilkerson

    as Slim Temple (uncredited)
  • Gary Young

    as Mat Spencer (uncredited)
  • Michael Young

    as Mark Spencer (uncredited)
  • Ricky Young

    as Luke Spencer (uncredited)
  • Rocky Young

    as John Spencer (uncredited)
  • Susan Young

    as Shirley Spencer (uncredited)
Directing Delmer Daves Director
Writing Delmer Daves Writer
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Writing Earl Hamner, Jr. Novel
Production Delmer Daves Producer
Camera Charles Lawton Jr. Director of Photography
Editing David Wages Editor
Art Carl Anderson Art Direction
Art Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Marjorie Best Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Jean Burt Reilly Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up James R. Barker Makeup Artist
Directing Gil Kissel Assistant Director
Directing Phil Rawlins Assistant Director
Directing Robert Totten Second Unit Director
Directing Monte Masters Assistant Director
Directing William F. Sheehan Assistant Director
Art Weldon H. Patterson Props
Sound M.A. Merrick Sound
Sound Russell Ashley Sound Recordist
Crew Wellington Honn Special Effects
Crew Lucille House Stunts