Talbot Jennings

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Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 – May 30, 1985) was an American playwright and screenwriter.

He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Screenplay, for Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935 and Anna and the King of Siam in 1946.[1]


He was born in 1894 in Shoshone, Idaho, his father was an Episcopal archdeacon for Idaho and Wyoming. He attended Nampa High School before World War I in which he saw active service.

After to war he went to University of Idaho and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1924. He was president of the Associated Students and wrote Light on the Mountains, a state history set to music. He also edited the yearbook, Gem of the Mountains, and the Blue Bucket, the English Department literary publication .

Jennings did a master's degree at Harvard University,[2] then attended Yale Drama School.[1]

Talbot wrote and co-wrote 17 screenplays including Mutiny on the Bounty, Romeo and Juliet, Anna and the King of Siam, Knights of the Round Table, The Good Earth and Northwest Passage.[1] He wrote many screenplays for television also. A story he wrote became The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), and was his last film.

In the 1940 B-movie The Devil's Pipeline, Richard Arlen and Andy Devine play characters named Talbot and Jennings, apparently an inside joke by one of its writers.

He died at East Glacier Park, Montana.


  • No More Frontier (1931)
  • This Side of Idolatry (1933)[3]



  1. ^ a b c "Talbot Jennings, 90; Ex-Screenwriter". LA Times. June 9, 1985. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Talbot Jennings. Scripts, 1926-1960". Library Archives. University of Idaho. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  3. ^ This Shakespeare Business Special from The Christian Science Monitor BureauH.H.. The Christian Science Monitor 20 Nov 1933: 8
  4. ^ M-G-M TO FINANCE 2 SELZNICK FILMS: Studio Also Will Distribute First Hollywood Ventures of Producer Since 1948 By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] February 10, 1955: 27.

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