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Much too fanciful!
At first blush, this appears to be a family film and it is a good enough story; however, there is much wrong with this film. It is set in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming but the Hamner family actually lived in Appalachian Virginia. Fonda's character, the father, is a raging alcoholic. There is infidelity and prostitution that would be difficult to explain to a child. A few black actors are in the film, as churchgoers with the white folk, but that wouldn't have occurred in Appalachia. This was a gratuitous gesture that was out of place and uncalled for. Fonda and O'Hara are well cast as the parents but the entire film revolves around James MacArthur who plays the eldest son who wants to go to college. I particularly enjoy seeing Wally Cox as the parson and he gives a really nice performance. On a personal note, it really rankled me to see Fonda hugging and kissing the children in this film when he wouldn't do it with his own kids in real life. I know he was just acting but my knowing how he treated his own children made me cringe when he embraced his film children. Henry Fonda was a great actor but a lousy human being!
Agree with the other reviewers. This is a great movie, heart-warming story, well acted. Fonda is very convincing as the no-nonsense, down-to-earth family patriarch. Great photography too! This was the last movie of Donald Crisp, a great English character actor.
A wonderful movie that does not get enough air time. As everyone knows, or should know it is the foundation of one of America's best loved shows in the 1970's - the Waltons. Has a great cast with Fonda, O'Hara, MacArthur and Dub Taylor! Fonda's line about the Teton's has always stayed with me throughout my life. Highly recommended movie for everyone to watch. Great storyline, great acting, moves quickly from frame to frame (scene). Obviously, this is a five star movie.
values and love
- jamie graham
though in this movie he did not become a writer the values were there and spit fair of pa pa spencer aka john walton i love it because my family is of the same clan for my sister wife of of the clan name the browns wanted me to be her brother after my mom died my sister was my friend not blood but because of love of GOD i became a part of the growing clan of north east missouri long live this movie and its pure values
Fonda and O Hara in A Lovely Film
- David Atkins
Delmer Daves a fine director who made smash hits at WB such as Parrish, and Rome Adventure and made a star of Troy Donahue, switched gears here and made this quiet and lovely film with two professionals Henry Fonda and Maureen O Hara. James MacArthur is also cast. Wonderful old fashioned and welcome film. Kudos to Delmer Daves. PS Daves and O Hara would re united in The Battle of the Villa Fiorita at WB a few years later.
The best family movie!!
I'm pretty sure this is the way life is supposed to be! Not always money but family!! Location and the actor's doesn't get much better than this. My favorite.
ALLTIME GREAT MOVIE
I remember watching this movie when I was a kid, and I'd watch it everytime I could catch it on. Time well spent in front of the tube. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. CLASSIC TWO THUMBS UP.
Absolutely worth the time to watch this movie.
I saw in 1963 and it is one of the finest movies I ever saw.
Fonda and O'Hara
Delightful and sweet