Jeepers Creepers (1939)

69 mins | Comedy | 27 October 1939

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HISTORY

According to HR 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 ... More Less

According to HR 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. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4-Nov-39
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Film Daily
1 Nov 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 39
p. 3, 10
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 39
p. 7.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Oct 39
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Oct 39
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Nov 39
p. 47.
Variety
1 Nov 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Jeepers Creepers," music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren
"The Little Brown Jug," music and lyrics by R. A. Eastburn
"In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," music by Egbert Van Alstyne, lyrics by Harry Williams
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SONGS
"Jeepers Creepers," music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren
"The Little Brown Jug," music and lyrics by R. A. Eastburn
"In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," music by Egbert Van Alstyne, lyrics by Harry Williams
"Listen to the Mocking Bird," music and lyrics by Alice Hawthorne
"In the Good Old Summer Time," music by George Evans, lyrics by Ren Shields.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
27 October 1939
Production Date:
6 Sep--mid Sep 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 October 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9317
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in feet):
5,997
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5716
Passed by NBR:
Yes
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 ... +


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. +

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