University of Idaho

Manuscript Group 186


Scripts, 1926-1960
1 cubic foot

The script collection of Talbot Jennings was donated to the University of Idaho Library by Mr. Jennings in 1960. The scripts were originally dispersed among the book collections, but were removed in 1986 and 1989 and added to the manuscripts accessions. These two groups were brought together and processed by Judith Nielsen in February 1990.


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.


Of the twenty-two scripts in this collection, only ten are by Talbot Jennings; several have no known author and may be by Jennings. The remaining scripts were possibly written by colleagues of Jennings and sent to him to critique. The plays are in alphabetical order by title, the title in parentheses is the title of the television series for which the script was written.


Abra-Cadaver. (77 Sunset Strip). Teleplay by Talbot Jennings, based on a novel by Christopher Monig. 1958

Anna and the King of Siam. Screenplay by Talbot Jennings and Sally Benson. 1945

The Assassin. (Mr. Garlund). By Jack Patrick, 1960

The Brothers. (The Riders). By Les Crutchfield, 195-?

High Over the Atlantic, l96-?

Incident of Fear in the Streets. (Rawhide). By Fred Freiberger, 1959

Incident of the Misplaced Indians. (Rawhide). By David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr., 1959

Incident of the Power and the Plow. (Rawhide). By Fred Freiberger, 1958

Island in the Swamp. (Maverick). By Montgomery Pittman, 1958

Lovely Lady, Pity Me. (77 Sunset Strip). Teleplay by Douglas Heyes and James O'Hanlon, based on the novel by Roy Huggins, 1958

Merchant of Venice. Adapted by Talbot Jennings and John H. Cushman from the play by William Shakespeare, 1927

No More Frontier. By Talbot Jennings, 1930?

The Promise. (Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre). Television script by James Leiker, based on the novel by Zane Grey, 1957

Riot at Arroyo Seco. (Cheyenne). Story by Arthur W. Silver and Richard Wormser, 1959

Romeo and Juliet. Arranged for production at the University of Idaho by Talbot Jennings and John H. Cushman, based on the play by William Shakespeare, 1926

Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Talbot Jennings from the play by William Shakespeare

Spanish Grant. (Bonanza). 1959

Starvation Stampede. (The Alaskans). By Talbot Jennings, 1959

Stranger at Soldier Springs. By Talbot and Elisabeth Jennings, 1957

A Tale on Consequences. By Talbot and Elisabeth Jennings, 195-?

Their Desolate Places: a play in one act. By Talbot Jennings, 1927

Trail North. (The Alaskans). 1959

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