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    Disneyland Haunted Mansion "Quicksand" Stretching Room Portrait Original Painting (Walt Disney, c. 1970-80s). "When hinges creak in doorless chambers, and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelight's flicker where the air is deathly still - that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight! ...Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion." The Haunted Mansion opened in New Orleans Square on 8/8/69. It boasted a population of "999 Happy Haunts." This dark ride had people seeing the attraction in "Doom Buggies." The "Ghost Host" of this attraction was the familiar basso profundo voice of Paul Frees. The tour of this mansion begins in the famous octagon stretching room. As the ghost talks to you, the seemingly quaint wall portraits "stretch" to reveal horrific scenarios. The famous four stretching room paintings were initially designed by Disney Legend Inductee and one of Walt's original "Nine Old Men," Marc Davis. This RARE Stretching Room painting is attributed to Clem Hall (1913 - 2003). Hall was a Hollywood scenic designer and artist whose credits include The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary's Baby, and Singing in the Rain. He joined Disney Imagineering in 1970 as a concept designer illustrator and painter. He created scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean and Thunder Mountain as well as the Haunted Mansion. This amazing original painting on canvas was created at WED Imagineering and was backup attic stock. Stretching from top to bottom, the image reveals a trio of gentlemen who exhibit increasingly worried expressions the further the picture "stretches" in front of the guests in the stretching portrait gallery, ultimately revealing the reason for their sinking feeling ...quicksand! The canvas measures an impressive 127" x 48'' ...it's big! The canvas comes rolled and is labeled on the reverse in pencil in handwriting consistent with other stretching paintings we've seen from this era. Condition is Very Good. Not only an iconic part of the Haunted Mansion, this is one of the highest-quality stretching room paintings that we have seen. This is a real prize for Disney collectors! As Madame Leota says, "Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate... if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now! We've been dying to have you..."


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    April, 2021
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