Spencer's Mountain

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Spencer's Mountain
Directed byDelmer Daves
Produced byDelmer Daves
Screenplay byDelmer Daves
Based onSpencer's Mountain by
Earl Hamner
StarringHenry Fonda
Maureen O'Hara
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyCharles Lawton
Editing byDavid Wages
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • May 16, 1963 (1963-05-16)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4.5 million (US/ Canada rentals) [1]
 
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Spencer's Mountain
Directed byDelmer Daves
Produced byDelmer Daves
Screenplay byDelmer Daves
Based onSpencer's Mountain by
Earl Hamner
StarringHenry Fonda
Maureen O'Hara
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyCharles Lawton
Editing byDavid Wages
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • May 16, 1963 (1963-05-16)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4.5 million (US/ Canada rentals) [1]

Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 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 Teton Range, as photographed by cinematographer Charles Lawton in CinemaScope. It was filmed in and around the town of Jackson and features the nearby Chapel of the Transfiguration. 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.

Film critic Judith Crist writing in the The New York Herald Tribune said of the film, ‘‘sheer prurience and perverted morality’’ adding ‘‘it makes the nudie shows at the Rialto look like Walt Disney productions.’’[2]

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Plot

The film centers on the trials and tribulations of the Spencers, a family living in the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming during the early 1960s. 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), to allow his son (James MacArthur) to attend college, and to build a new home for his family.

Cast

Maureen O'Hara's daughter Bronwyn FitzSimons has a cameo as the Dean's secretary

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