Jennings, Talbot

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Birth 1894-08-25
Death 1985-05-30
Americans
English

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Talbot L. Jennings received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1930 and attended the Yale School of Drama that year. A play by him entitled No More Frontiers was published by Samuel French in 1931 (Yale Plays, ed. by G. P. Baker). The 1956 Directory (Yale) gives his address as Glacier Park, Mont.

From the guide to the Talbot Jennings's This Side Idolatry: A Play In Seven Acts, circa 1930-1956, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.)

Playwright and screenwriter; graduated from University of Idaho, 1924.

From the description of Papers, 1926-1960. (University of Idaho Library). WorldCat record id: 42926385

Talbot L. Jennings received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1930 and attended the Yale School of Drama that year. A play by him entitled "No More Frontiers" was published by Samuel French in 1931 (Yale Plays, ed. by G. P. Baker). The 1956 Directory (Yale) gives his address as Glacier Park, Mont.

From the description of This side idolatry : a play in seven acts ca. 1830-1956 [manuscript]. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 26271891

Talbot Jennings was born in Shoshone, Idaho, August 25, 1894, the son of the Episcopal archdeacon of Idaho and Wyoming. He graduated from Nampa High School. After serving in the Army in World War I, where he fought in five major battles, he attended the University of Idaho where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1924. He attended Harvard University where he earned a master's degree, and then attended the Yale Drama School. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho in 1939.

While at the University of Idaho he was president of the Associated Students. He also wrote Light on the Mountains, a state history set to music, which was first presented by students in 1923. He was editor of the yearbook, Gem of the Mountains, and the English Department literary publication Blue Bucket .

He was the author of 17 screen plays, including Mutiny on the Bounty, Anna and the King of Siam, The Good Earth, and Northwest Passage . He also wrote the screenplay for the 1936 version of Romeo and Juliet . In addition to movie screenplays he wrote for several television series including "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Alaskans". He was twice nominated for an academy award.

Talbot Jennings died in East Glacier, Montana on May 30, 1985.

From the guide to the Scripts, 1926-1960, (University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives)

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  • Motion picture plays
  • Drama (American)
  • American drama--20th century
  • Performing Arts
  • Prompt-book
  • Dramatists, English--Drama
  • Screenwriters
  • Television scripts
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