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, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1963-05-16
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 34 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Delmer Daves
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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.

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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
  • Veronica Cartwright

    as Becky Spencer
  • Hope Summers

    as Mother Ida
  • Ken Mayer

    as Mr. John
  • Rusty Lane

    as University Dean
  • Barbara McNair

    as Graduation Singer
  • Kym Karath

    as Pattie-Cake Spencer
  • Victor French

    as Spencer Brother
  • Med Flory

    as Spencer Brother
  • Michael Greene

    as Spencer Brother
  • Mike Henry

    as Spencer Brother
  • Larry D. Mann

    as Spencer Brother
  • James O'Hara

    as Spencer Brother
  • Ray Savage

    as Spencer Brother
  • Bronwyn FitzSimons

    as Dean's Secretary (uncredited)
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Art Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Marjorie Best Costume Design
Camera Charles Lawton Jr. Director of Photography
Art Carl Anderson Art Direction
Writing Earl Hamner, Jr. Novel
Directing Delmer Daves Director
Production Delmer Daves Producer
Writing Delmer Daves Writer
Editing David Wages Editor