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Last Update: 05-29-2017
That Great Inverted Bowl of Darkness
This was the early working title for the PBS "Visions" teleplay "Phantom of the Open Hearth" In a July 10, 1975 AP story about his PBS work it talks about future projects: One Is "The Great Inverted Bowl of Darkness," a 90-minute drama he says he's sold to "Visions," a new PBS dramatic anthology series. He says he'll play the lead role. The plot is, ah, unique. "It's about a guy killed in a car crash," he said. "He goes to heaven and finds a vast film library with billions of films about everybody's life. And everyone who goes to heaven has to find his own film and look at it."
Where Shep Made Reference To This Subject:
Links to Further Information:
• "Phantom of the Open Hearth"

July 10,1975
Jean Shepherd Returns - The Daily Times News

Courtesy: Steve Glazer

Ref to orig title of Phantom of the Open Hearth - Rob't Service Album notes.

December 23,1976
1st Page of Early Script - Orig Title