An otherwise interesting movie was spoiled, I felt, by the scenes where Neal's character confronts John-Boy over his reclusiveness with writing. More than once she confronts her son in a suspicious way over how he locks his bedroom door. "What were you doing up there, behind locked doors?"
Maureen O'Hara played the mother in "Spencer's Mountain." I remember listening to a radio talk show that had someone call in and saying the tree falling on the old man is maybe the saddest thing to happen in movie plot history. Quite possibly true.