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    Jaroslav "Jerry" Gebr original screen used painting of Joan Crawford from the Steven Spielberg-directed Night Gallery pilot episode "Eyes". (Universal, 1969) 30 x 42 in. Acrylic on canvas portrait of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford unveiled and introduced by writer, creator and host Rod Serling in the dimly lit museum after hours: Objet d'art number two: a portrait. Its subject, Miss Claudia Menlo, a blind queen who reigns in a carpeted penthouse on Fifth Avenue - an imperious, predatory dowager who will soon find a darkness blacker than blindness. This is her story... The pilot episode "Eyes" was famously directed by 22-year-old Steven Spielberg. Upon learning that such a young individual would be directing her, Crawford reportedly contacted vice president of production for Universal Television, Sid Sheinberg, requesting a replacement with more experience at the helm. Sheinberg persuaded Crawford into giving Spielberg a chance and she agreed. "Eyes" was filmed in ten days (February 3-12, 1969) at Universal Studios, and, despite her early reservations, Crawford and Spielberg got along superbly. Jaroslav "Jerry" Gebr (1926 - 2013) was the longtime head of the Scenic Arts Department at Universal Studios. Gebr famously painted all three portraits for the pilot anthology supernatural horror film Night Gallery. Painting exhibits minor scuffing in areas and a 1-in. tear in canvas at lower left corner.

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