Doc: Henry, all you can do is plant a seed and hope it grows.
Burke: A man don't need all that schoolin' to be somethin'. I didn't have much.
Doc: Shows too!
Doc: Matt, for twenty years you and I have seen eye to eye on just about everything. On this, 'fraid we're gonna cross swords.
Matt: I still don't believe that a man's got a right to come between a father and his own boy.....
Henry Decory: That boy isn't an ox pulling a plow, and there must be somebody who can do something about it.
Doc: Why in thunder is it that some people regard an education as a waste of time or even a threat? Why is that?
In Mr. Decory's self cross-examination, he states that Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, Washington D.C. and Connecticut had already passed compulsory education attendance laws for children. This occurred between 1851 and 1872. In 1874, Kansas became the eighth state to pass this law. In 1918, Mississippi was the last of the 48 states to pass this law.
George DiCenzo, who portrayed the lawyer, Mr. Bruce, was credited as George Di Cenzo.