Scripts are usually dated at the time of completion or circulation. I
don't believe a date on a continuity would reflect production completion
date, more likely the date when the continuity was completed. You might
check with the Academy library for the files on specific films. For many
films from the 1930s and 1940s they'll have copies of the Academy
eligibility sheets which list completion dates for the films.
Traditionally completion dates reflect the end of principal photography and
do not include post production time.
Now available from the University Press of Kentucky
“Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood”
by Robert S. Birchard
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> [Original Message]
> From: Prof Steven P Hill <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 1/28/2006 1:15:44 AM
> Subject: [AMIA-L] old scripts & continuities (cont.)
> Dear helpful colleagues:
> Thanks very much for the light shed by a number of you on my query (5
> about late 1930s Hollywood "scripts," "continuities," "carbon copies,"
> But my #2, the most elementary, basic question (I'd expected) doesn't
yet have an
> answer. Does anybody know? --
> When the front page (title page ) of any old Hollywood "script" or
> the title of the film and AN EXACT DATE (say, June 30, 1936***) -- would
> been the date when the typing pool BEGAN the big typing job (appx. 150
> Or would that date on the front page have been the date when the big
> was COMPLETED?
> Or even the date when PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY had been completed? (I.e.,
> date on the front page of the "script" or "continuity" was NOT related to
the date of
> TYPING as such, but simply was carried over from the date when the film's
> manager reported to the exec. producer that shooting ("principal
> was finally "wrapped"? And the typists obligingly inserted THAT date on
> page of their 150-pp. document?
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> *** Possibly significant footnote. Comparing dates with the "AFI Cat.
> Pics.," I noticed that the date on the front page of the 1930s "scripts"
> to be exactly the same as the date which the "AFI Cat..." indicated as
> when"production was completed"...
> With gratitude,
> Steven P Hill,
> University of Illinois.
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