Jeepers Creepers


1h 9m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 27, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,997ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

One Sunday in the peaceful village of Pineville, Abner Weaver, the mayor and justice of the peace, urges his fellow citizens to donate food to help striking coal miners. His sermon is interrupted when sheriff Roy brings in M. K. Durant, president of the United Coal Mine Owners Association, for creating a fire hazard. Durant's and his daughter Connie's rudeness prompts Abner to sentence them to a day of hard labor. The next day, while Connie cleans the church and resists Roy's flirtations, Durant wields a pickax and discovers a rich coal vein on Abner's property. Intending to use the coal to break the strike, Durant tries to buy the land. After Abner refuses his offer, Durant pays the back taxes Abner owes on the land and acquires the title to the property. In order to get the Pineville citizens out of town while his crew of roughnecks begin strip-mining the land, Durant throws a party for them at a fancy hotel. Roy confesses to Connie that he misjudged her father, and the couple kiss while the others dance. Skeeter, Abner's young nephew, breaks up the party when he informs Abner of the workers' presence, and even Connie's pleas do not influence Durant to return the Weavers' land. Connie and Roy quarrel and the hillbillies return home. The townsfolk are aghast at the rough and tumble ways of the workers, and Skeeter's grandpa is killed by a drunken driver. The gentle citizens become infuriated by the incident and go to the mining camp to demand that the driver be turned over to Roy. The miners begin shooting at them, and as the gun battle escalates, two of the miners start a fire to chase the hillbillies away. The blaze quickly grows into a forest fire, and while Connie helps Roy and the other firefighters, Durant is trapped in his overturned car. Skeeter finds him and bravely travels through the worst of the fire to get help. Durant is rescued, and a rainstorm puts out the fire. Touched by Skeeter's selflessness, Durant announces that he is ashamed of his avarice and therefore will settle the coal miners' strike in addition to returning the Weavers' land. The townsfolk sing as Durant gives his blessing to Connie and Roy.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 27, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,997ft (8 reels)

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Notes

According to Hollywood Reporter news items, this picture was filmed on location at Keene Camp, CA. Loretta Weaver, the daughter of June (Elviry) and Leon Weaver made her screen acting debut in this film. Maris Wrixon was borrowed from Warner Bros. for the picture.