Spencer's Mountain

Spencer's Mountain

Delmer Daves (1963)

A Certificate


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Although it was a considerable commercial success, Henry Fonda absolutely loathed this cosy melodrama, claiming it "damned near set film-making back 25 years". With Fonda playing the church-hating head of a Wyoming hill family, it's not immediately apparent that Earl Hamner Jr's novel also provided the inspiration for that enduringly popular TV show, The Waltons. The connection becomes clearer as James MacArthur's character Clayboy (rather than John Boy) struggles to choose between his education and his inheritance. As mom and grandpa respectively, Maureen O'Hara and Donald Crisp provide expert support, and it all comes together under the watchful eye of director Delmer Daves.


A poor landowner in 1930s rural America promises to build another house for his family of nine. Drama, starring Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur and Donald Crisp.

Cast & Crew

Clay Spencer Henry Fonda
Olivia Maureen O'Hara
Clayboy Spencer James MacArthur
Grandpa Spencer Donald Crisp
Preacher Goodson Wally Cox
Claris Coleman Mimsy Farmer
Miss Parker Virginia Gregg
Grandma Spencer Lillian Bronson
Dr Campbell Whit Bissell
Col Coleman Hayden Rorke
Minnie-Cora Cook Kathy Bennett
Percy Cook Dub Taylor
Mother Ida Hope Summers
Mr John Ken Mayer
Director Delmer Daves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Compton Films Ltd