Talbot Jennings


Talbot Lanham Jennings (August 25, 1894 – May 30, 1985) was an American playwright and screenwriter.[1] He received two Academy Award nominations for co-writing the screenplays for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Anna and the King of Siam (1946).

Talbot Jennings
Talbot Lanham Jennings

(1894-08-25)August 25, 1894
DiedMay 30, 1985(1985-05-30) (aged 90)
EducationUniversity of Idaho
Harvard University
Yale School of Drama
Years active1931–1965


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.[3]

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.[3] 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)[4]



  1. ^ "Talbot Lanham Jennings (1894–1985)". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Talbot Jennings. Scripts, 1926–1960". Library Archives. University of Idaho. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Talbot Jennings, 90; Ex-Screenwriter". LA Times. June 9, 1985. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ "This Shakespeare Business". The Christian Science Monitor. Nov 20, 1933. p. 8.
  5. ^ THOMAS M. PRYOR (February 10, 1955). "M-G-M TO FINANCE 2 SELZNICK FILMS: Studio Also Will Distribute First Hollywood Ventures of Producer Since 1948". The New York Times. p. 27.

External linksEdit

  • Talbot Jennings at IMDb