The Lost World

Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960. Final Shooting script for the 1960 film.

Loosely based on the 1912 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, a team of scientists, led by Professor Challenger (Claude Rains), launch an expedition into a remote plateau in the Amazonian jungle in search of dinosaurs.

Initially intended by director Irwin Allen to be a star studded blockbuster in the vein of Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" six years earlier, legendary special effects and stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien (the 1925 adaptation of "The Lost World" and "King Kong" in 1933) was brought on to create the dinosaurs for the film. Unfortunately for everyone involved, 20th Century-Fox was slashing budgets of all their feature productions due to the skyrocketing budget on Joseph Mankiewicz production of "Cleopatra." O'Brien was left with little to do and the depiction of the dinosaurs was done using lizards with attached plastic horns and spikes. In the end, a cult classic that came about as a by-product of financial circumstance.

Yellow titled wrappers, noted as Shooting Final on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 204, dated January 16, 1960. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, dated January 16, 1960, noted as Shooting Final Screenplay, with credits for novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and screenwriters Irwin Allen and Charles Bennett. 153 leaves, with last page of text numbered 125. Mimeograph, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good Plus, bound internally with three gold brads.

[Book #145797]

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