> When the front page (title page ) of any old Hollywood "script" or
> "continuity" bore
> the title of the film and AN EXACT DATE (say, June 30, 1936***) -- would
> that have
> 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
> typing job
> 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
> the front
> page of their 150-pp. document?
I can't speak for scripts or continuities from the Thirties, but standard
practice now for production scripts is that the date on a script cover is
the date that draft was completed, not the date it was typed. It's possible
two different versions of a script might be typed on the same day. It's
unlikely they would both have been drafted on the same date.
This may do nothing to answer you question, but I suspect practice hasn't
changed all that much in the industry, in that the date of typing is
insignificant, while the date of draft or content is very significant.