Spencer's Mountain (1963)

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

    Why not take a minute to register for your own free account now? Registration is completely free and will enable the use of all site features including the ability to join in or create your own discussions.
       

    There are 9 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by Kevin.

    • Spencer's Mountain (1963)

      SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN

      DIRECTED, PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY DELMER DAVES
      MUSIC BY MAX STEINER
      WARNER BROS. PICTURES


      LobbyCard[1].jpg

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      As the patriarch of a large and growing family, Clay Spencer (Henry Fonda)
      is fiercely independent, yet dedicated to his family.
      While he resists the influence of religion, he struggles to remain faithful to his wife
      Olivia (Maureen O'Hara), allow his son (James MacArthur) to attend college,
      and build a new home for his family.
      The film centers on the trials and tribulations of the Spencers,
      a frontier family living in the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming.

      Full Cast
      Henry Fonda .... Clay Spencer
      Maureen O'Hara .... Olivia Spencer
      James MacArthur .... Clayboy Spencer
      Donald Crisp .... Grandpa Spencer
      Wally Cox .... Preacher Goodman
      Mimsy Farmer .... Claris Coleman
      Virginia Gregg .... Miss Parker
      Lillian Bronson .... Grandma Spencer
      Whit Bissell .... Dr. Campbell
      Hayden Rorke .... Colonel Coleman
      Kathy Bennett .... Minnie-Cora Cook
      Dub Taylor .... Percy Cook
      Hope Summers .... Mother Ida
      Ken Mayer .... Mr. John
      Bronwyn FitzSimons .... College Secretary
      Barbara McNair .... Graduation Singer
      Larry D. Mann .... Spencer Brother
      Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... Spencer Brother
      James O'Hara .... Spencer Brother (as Jim O'Hara)
      Victor French .... Spencer Brother
      Michael Greene .... Spencer Brother
      Med Flory .... Spencer Brother
      Ray Savage .... Spencer Brother
      Mike Henry .... Spencer Brother
      Gary Young .... Mat Spencer
      Michael Young .... Mark Spencer
      Veronica Cartwright .... Becky Spencer
      Ricky Young .... Luke Spencer
      Susan Young .... Shirley Spencer
      Rocky Young .... John Spencer
      Kym Karath .... Pattie-Cake Spencer
      Michele Daves .... Donnie Spencer
      William Breen .... Mountain Main
      Rory Mallinson

      Writing Credits
      Delmer Daves
      Earl Hamner Jr. novel

      Cinematography
      Charles Lawton Jr.

      Trivia
      Average Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.6 seconds.

      Final film of Donald Crisp.

      Maureen O'Hara's real-life daughter, Bronwyn FitzSimons, plays the part of the college dean's secretary.

      According to a Henry Fonda interview seen on the DVD version of this movie, many locals of Jackson Hole, Wyoming were used as extras for scenes in the movie, such as the graduation of Clayboy.

      Director Delmer Daves' granddaughter, Michele Daves, made her only film appearance to date in this movie, appearing as the youngest Spencer child, baby Donnie.

      Barbara McNair's film debut.

      In their book "How Underdog Was Born...", W. Watts Biggers and Chad Strover reveal that seeing Wally Cox's performance in this movie inspired them to ask him to voice their newly created character, Underdog.

      Goofs
      Continuity: In the scene where Clay is milking the cow, "Chance," she is first seen without a halter, then with one in the next shot, then again moments later without it.

      Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Grandma Spencer is reading her husband's will, her voice is out of sync with her movements.

      Revealing mistakes: When the new house is burning in the final scenes, you can see the pipes for the fuel that ignites the fire.

      Revealing mistakes: When Clay Sr. breaks his leg, there is no blood on his pant leg despite Clay Jr. mentioning that the leg bone had broken through the skin.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      California, USA
      Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming, USA
      Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - 900 Exposition Boulevard, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
      (Clay Sr drives to talk to the dean)
      Raymond, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 family film
      written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves
      from a novel by Earl Hamner, Jr.
      The novel and film became the basis for the popular television series The Waltons,
      which followed in 1972. Differing from both the film and novel,
      The Waltons watered down many of the adult themes,
      including alcoholism and infidelity.
      Spencer's Mountain features the majestic scenery of
      Wyoming's Grand Teton mountain range, as photographed by
      cinematographer Charles Lawton in CinemaScope.
      The novel and the series were set in the Virginia Appalachians,
      but Hamner said in 1963 that Daves wanted more imposing
      mountains to emphasize the characters' isolation
      and struggles with their environment.

      From the comments below, it's also obvious,
      that this is an ordinary, sort of film
      really held together, by the acting skills,
      of Henry Fonda and Maureen.

      User Reviews

      Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 family film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel by Earl Hamner. The novel and film became the basis for the popular television series The Waltons, which followed in 1972. Differing from both the film and novel, The Waltons watered down many of the adult themes, including alcoholism and infidelity. Spencer's Mountain features the majestic scenery of Wyoming's Grand Teton mountain range, as photographed by cinematographer Charles Lawton in CinemaScope
      .

      Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
      [My above comment is alluding to the overall blandness of the film. It isn't a BAD film, but it seems a bit too gosh-darn happy and perfect and unremarkable--sort of like the Stepford Wives meet The Waltons (the latter was the obvious movie version of Spencer's Mountain). And because of that it's so inoffensive and ordinary that I have no desire to see it again. The sad thing is the acting was pretty good (it's hard to go wrong with Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara) but the story just wasn't compelling. Overall, it's a time passer and that's about all. About the only thing that is interesting is watching a younger Jame McArthur ('Danno' from Hawaii 5-0--also the son of Helen Hayes) playing the role later played by Richard Thomas.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • I liked this movie because of the family aspect. Maureen was so great and beautiful in this picture. She was powerful in trying to keep the family together, and give them the things that would improve their lives.

      In a way, this family reminds me of Chester and the Mrs. Very down to earth, good church going people, family strengths, and a lot of children. Oh, I know that Chester and the Mrs. has grandchildren, but they seem to be like their children.

      Anyway, this is a tribute to the American spirit of what is good.

      Cheers :cool:


      "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
      - John Wayne quote

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Hondo Duke Lane ().

    • Originally posted by Hondo Duke Lane@Nov 12 2006, 07:11 AM
      In a way, this family reminds me of Chester and the Mrs.  Very down to earth, good church going people, family strengths, and a lot of children.  Oh, I know that Chester and the Mrs. has grandchildren, but they seem to be like their children.

      Anyway, this is a tribute to the American spirit of what is good.
      [snapback]36882[/snapback]

      Aw, shucks, Hondo :wub: !

      Chester :newyear: and the Mrs. :angel1:
    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Spencer's Mountain (1953)

      :wink_smile:

      Shot in 1962 (not in 1953) in Wyoming, this family drama was a great success. Maureen found Henry Fonda with pleasure, this major player, talented, strong, classy and nice ...

      a small video

      and the Original trailer

      Good reading
      Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
      French-English translation: poor !!!
      :blush:

      The post was edited 3 times, last by Romy ().

    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Spencer's Mountain (1953)

      :wink_smile:

      ............................................. The pictures from the film ...................................................







      Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
      French-English translation: poor !!!
      :blush:
    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Spencer's Mountain (1953)

      Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
      [My above comment is alluding to the overall blandness of the film. It isn't a BAD film, but it seems a bit too gosh-darn happy and perfect and unremarkable--sort of like the Stepford Wives meet The Waltons (the latter was the obvious movie version of Spencer's Mountain). And because of that it's so inoffensive and ordinary that I have no desire to see it again. The sad thing is the acting was pretty good (it's hard to go wrong with Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara) but the story just wasn't compelling. Overall, it's a time passer and that's about all. About the only thing that is interesting is watching a younger Jame McArthur ("Danno" from Hawaii 5-0--also the son of Helen Hayes) playing the role later played by Richard Thomas.

      I wouldn't listen to a person like this. This is a fine movie with average, normal people in it. Raising good kids and taking good care of them. They don't have much money, but they live good. When Clayboy wants to go to college, they find a way to help him, which is a sacrifice, they all sacrifice. Then Clayboy can help the next kid and so on. The Grandpa dies, the
      fine actor from many movies, Donald Crisp,including "How Green was my Valley."Donald's last movie. All the acting is good.
      What does the reviewer want, Lyin,Cheatin,Stealin- like many of the current movies? A fine movie to enjoy. I saw it when it came out in 1963, why not edit that correction ethan. I recently watched it on TV, in the last 3-5 months.
      We went to Jackson and the Tetons last year, 2012. It was breathtaking the first time we drove north out of Jackson and got to where the Tetons were, just beautiful. We ordered the movie yesterday so we can watch it again.
      "A people that values their Privileges above it's Principles. Soon looses both." Dwight Eisenhower

      The post was edited 2 times, last by colkid60 ().

    • Still a great movie, this website used to be so lively. I miss the many posts from fans.
      especially some from the Europe, Great Britian on Johny Wayne movies.
      Those were the days my friends. With Duke and many other great actors cranking out good movies.
      "A people that values their Privileges above it's Principles. Soon looses both." Dwight Eisenhower