Earl Hamner, Jr., wrote a novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the producers thought that the Grand Tetons might be more photogenic so they set the picture in Wyoming, rather than Virginia. Hamner eventually got his wish when his TV series "The Waltons" hewed more closely to what he
knew about. The movie was successful, although Fonda purportedly hated every minute of it. Fonda is one of nine children of Crisp, a man who claimed a mountain and left it to his heirs. The only one left in the area is Fonda, who has nine children of his own by O'Hara (who doesn't have a hair out
of place and looks scrumptious, albeit wrong to convince us she's borne that many kids...