Xerox copies of Lost in Space episode scripts are readily available. Scripts can
also be obtained for the unaired pilot "No Place to Hide" and the unfilmed
4th season episode "Malice in Wonderspace." Early drafts and revised
scripts are also known to exist. The cost of one of these is usually somewhere
between $10 - $15 per episode.
From a collector's point of view, the most prized scripts are original
scripts. With the exception of the covers, all original Lost in Space 20th Century
Fox scripts were hand-typed. Copies of the orginal typed scripts were then
xeroxed for cast and production staff. So how do you tell an original
script from a recent xeroxed copy? There is no easy answer, but the
following may help.
All 20th Century Fox scripts for Irwin Allen shows basically followed the
same format. Script covers would be made from thin two-ply colored cardboard.
Two holes would be punched on the left hand edge with the pages
held together by two bendable hole pins. This would make it easy to change
script pages even at the last minute by simply substituting modified
pages with new ones. If you have a script and it doesn't have these holes then you
probably don't have an original. Note, in "Revised Shooting Final" scripts,
the presence of modified pages was indicated by different colored pages.
Script covers included the title of the episode in the form of a logo, the
name of the series: Lost in Space, a date at the bottom right hand side, a
script status ("Shooting Final" or "Revised Shooting Final") at the top
right hand side and Irwin Allen production details at the center bottom.
The first page of the script would normally be the title page. This page
was hand typed and included all the information found on the covers with
the addition of the script writer's name and a script reference number
at the bottom right hand side. The reference number would then be
repeated on every page of the script. In "Revised Shooting Final" scripts,
a page usually at the beginning of a set of modified pages would alert
20th Century secretaries to special instructions regarding the insertion
and removal of pages.
When buying a script it's worth remembering that not just the main Lost in
Space cast had them. Numerous production staff, guest cast and cast doubles
had them as well. So while original scripts can be considered rare, they are
not as rare as you might think. Naturally, the most prized scripts would be
those that are signed by the main cast or early annotated versions belonging
to a script writer. Regrettably the latter rarely come on the market and
your best bet to find one would be entertainment related auctions held by
larger auction houses such as Butterfield & Butterfield, Southeby's and
The script shown on this page is the final revised shooting script of the
2nd Season episode "The Android Machine" and is one of several scripts
originally belonging to Bob May (the man inside the robot) but now in
Bob's handwritten annotations and markings can clearly be seen. It was
normal practice for Bob to mark up the robot dialogue in round brackets
and also to note last minute script additions, amendments and deletions.
The pages with Robot dialogue frequently had their corners folded down.
Bob also tended to underline each syllable of long or difficult to
Another common feature is a vertical fold across the middle suggesting
that Bob actually had the scripts at hand while inside the Robot
costume. The fact that the stiff cardboard covers of his scripts generally
don't have the same folds seems to confirm this view. Bob probably
removed the covers as they were most likely cumbersome inside the