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Desk Set (Original screenplay for the 1957 film)
Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox, 1957. Continuity Script for the 1957 film. Based on William Marchant's 1956 play. The penultimate Hepburn and Tracy film, and a significant script in that dialogue--which sees many changes here--was always at the heart of the pair's nine on-screen collaborations. Also significant in that it was one of the first major motion pictures to address computing: when IBM introduced its state-of-the-art computer SSEC in 1948, it was called a computational machine because the term "computer" then referred to people involved in computation, and IBM founder Thomas Watson worried its use would feed public fears of machines replacing workers. Still sensitive to the issue in 1956, IBM assisted in the production of "The Desk Set," in which Tracy plays an engineer who brings havoc into an office with the introduction of EMMARAC (Electro-Magnetic Memory and Research Arithmetical Calculator). Orange titled wrappers, noted as FIRST DRAFT CONTINUITY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 2, dated October 12, 1956. Distribution page present, with receipt removed. Title page present, with credits for screenwriters Pheobe and Henry Ephron. 144 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 142. Mimeograph. Pages and wrapper, bound internally with three gold brads.
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