A prolific screenwriter, Plympton collaborated in almost 300 films. His earliest known credits date back to 1912 as he concentrated almost exclusively on westerns. During the sound era he switched his focus to serials mostly for Columbia, Republic and Universal studios, co-scripting and adapting such chapter plays as Tarzan the Fearless (1933), Flash Gordon (1936), The Spider's Web (1938), The Phantom Creeps (1939), The Green Hornet (1940), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), The Masked Marvel (1943), Chick Carter, Detective (1946), Brick Bradford (1947), Superman (1948), Batman and Robin (1949), and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950). Active until 1957, he also was one of the principal writers on Columbia's Durango Kid and Jungle Jim series.
Plympton died in Bakersfield, California, at the age of 82.
George H. Plympton
|Born||September 2, 1889|
|Died||April 11, 1972 (aged 82)|
Boothill Brigade is a 1937 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield and written by George H. Plympton. The film stars Johnny Mack Brown, Claire Rochelle, Dick Curtis, Horace Murphy, Frank LaRue and Ed Cassidy. The film was released on August 2, 1937, by Republic Pictures.Devil Goddess
Devil Goddess (1955) is the sixteenth and final Jungle Jim film produced by Columbia Pictures. It features Johnny Weissmuller in his third and last performance as the protagonist adventurer Johnny Weissmuller (a character previously called "Jungle Jim") and Ed Hinton and William Tannen as the film's antagonists, Leopold and Nels Comstock, respectively. Angela Stevens also stars. The film was directed by Spencer G. Bennet and written by Dwight Babcock and George H. Plympton.
The film centers on jungle roamer Weissmuller and his team racing against a few looters for a mystical treasure located in a demon-worshiping land. Filming took place in December 1954. Devil Goddess was theatrically released in the United States in October 1955.Doomed at Sundown
Doomed at Sundown is a 1937 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield and written by George H. Plympton. The film stars Bob Steele, Lorraine Randall, Warner Richmond, Earl Dwire, Harold Daniels and David Sharpe. The film was released on July 7, 1937, by Republic Pictures.Durango Valley Raiders
Durango Valley Raiders is a 1938 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield and written by George H. Plympton. The film stars Bob Steele, Louise Stanley, Karl Hackett, Ted Adams, Forrest Taylor and Steve Clark. The film was released on August 22, 1938, by Republic Pictures.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is a 1940 American twelve chapter black-and-white science fiction serial film from Universal Pictures, produced by Henry MacRae, directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor, that stars Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles B. Middleton, Frank Shannon, and Roland Drew. The serial was written by George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey, and Barry Shipman and was adapted from Alex Raymond's syndicated newspaper comic strip of the same name. It was the last of the three Universal Flash Gordon serials made between 1936 and 1940.
During the 1950s, all three of these Flash Gordon serials were directly syndicated to television by Motion Pictures for Television, along with many of Universal's other serial output. To avoid confusion with the Flash Gordon TV series airing around the same time, they were retitled Space Soldiers, Space Soldiers' Trip to Mars, and Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe.
In 1966 Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe was edited down into two feature-length films for television syndication, Purple Death from Outer Space and Perils from the Planet Mongo, by King Features Syndicate. In the early 1970s, a third feature version was re-edited for the 16mm home movie market, using story material from the entire serial. It bore the title Space Soldiers Conquer the Universe and later appeared on television during the 1980s. Afterward, all three edited feature length versions became available through various public-domain video sellers, first on VHS videotape and later on DVD.
In the mid-1970s all three complete Universal Flash Gordon serials were shown chapter-by-chapter by PBS stations across the US, bringing them to a new generation of science fiction fans, two years before Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. From the late 1980s onward, all three serials became available on the home video market under their original theatrical release titles, chapters, and running times.Grit Wins
Grit Wins is a 1929 American Western film directed by Joseph Levigard and written by George H. Plympton and Carl Krusada. The film stars Ted Wells, Kathleen Collins, Al Ferguson, Buck Connors, Nelson McDowell and Buck Moulton. The film was released on January 27, 1929, by Universal Pictures.One Glorious Scrap
One Glorious Scrap is a 1927 American Western film directed by Edgar Lewis and written by George H. Plympton, George Morgan and Gardner Bradford. The film stars Fred Humes, Dorothy Gulliver, Robert McKenzie, Francis Ford, George B. French and Cuyler Supplee. The film was released on November 20, 1927, by Universal Pictures.Paroled - To Die
Paroled - To Die is a 1938 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield and written by George H. Plympton. The film stars Bob Steele, Kathleen Eliot, Karl Hackett, Horace Murphy, Steve Clark and Budd Buster. The film was released on January 11, 1938, by Republic Pictures.Stormy (film)
Stormy is a 1935 American drama film directed by Lew Landers, written by Ben Grauman Kohn and George H. Plympton, and starring Noah Beery, Jr., Jean Rogers, J. Farrell MacDonald, Raymond Hatton, Walter Miller and Fred Kohler. It was released on October 22, 1935, by Universal Pictures.The Harvest of Hate
The Harvest of Hate is a 1929 American Western film directed by Henry MacRae and written by George H. Plympton and Gardner Bradford. The film stars Rex the Wonder Horse, Jack Perrin, Helen Foster, Tom London and Starlight the Horse. The film was released on August 4, 1929, by Universal Pictures.The Lost Planet
The Lost Planet is a 1953 Columbia Pictures 15-chapter serial which has the distinction of being the last interplanetary-themed sound serial ever made. It was directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet with a screenplay by George H. Plympton and Arthur Hoerl (who also wrote for
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger). It appears to have been planned as a sequel to the earlier chapterplay Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere and shares many plot-points, props and sets, as well as some of the same cast. However, the Video Rangers do not appear, and their uniforms are instead worn by "slaves" created electronically by Reckov, the dictator of the Lost Planet (Gene Roth) with the help of mad scientist Dr. Grood (Michael Fox) and enslaved "good" scientist Professor Dorn (Forrest Taylor).The Red Rope
The Red Rope is a 1937 American Western film directed by S. Roy Luby and written by George H. Plympton. The film stars Bob Steele, Lois January, Forrest Taylor, Charles King, Karl Hackett and Bobby Nelson. The film was released on July 19, 1937, by Republic Pictures.The Smiling Terror
The Smiling Terror is a 1929 American Western film directed by Joseph Levigard and written by George H. Plympton and Carl Krusada. The film stars Ted Wells, Derelys Perdue, Al Ferguson and Bud Osborne. The film was released on June 30, 1929, by Universal Pictures.The Trusted Outlaw
The Trusted Outlaw is a 1937 American Western film directed by Robert N. Bradbury, written by George H. Plympton and Fred Myton, and starring Bob Steele, Lois January, Joan Barclay, Earl Dwire, Charles King and Richard Cramer. It was released on May 4, 1937, by Republic Pictures.Thunder in the Desert
Thunder in the Desert is a 1938 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield, written by George H. Plympton, and starring Bob Steele, Louise Stanley, Don Barclay, Ed Brady, Charles King and Horace Murphy. It was released on March 7, 1938, by Republic Pictures.Trail of Vengeance
Trail of Vengeance is a 1937 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield, written by Fred Myton and George H. Plympton, and starring Johnny Mack Brown, Iris Meredith, Warner Richmond, Karl Hackett, Earle Hodgins and Frank LaRue. It was released on March 29, 1937, by Republic Pictures.Winners of the West (1940 serial)
Winners of the West is a 1940 Universal movie serial. It stars Dick Foran and Anne Nagel in a plot about the construction of a railroad and a local ganglord who opposes it. This was Universal's 115th serial release (the 47th with sound).
The studio had used the name for an earlier silent serial but there are no plot similarities between the two versions. Columbia's Roar of the Iron Horse is very similar to this serial, however, and the writer George H. Plympton worked on both.Zombies of Mora Tau
Zombies of Mora Tau (a.k.a. The Dead That Walk) is a 1957 black-and-white zombie horror film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman, directed by Edward L. Cahn, that stars Gregg Palmer, Autumn Russel, Joel Ashley, Morris Ankrum, and Marjorie Eaton. The screenplay was written by George H. Plympton and Bernard Gordon. Zombies of Mora Tau was released on a double bill with another Katzman-produced film, The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957).