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Original Movie Poster Research Collection, 1940-1962

Movie Poster ImageThis collection is a vivid and instructive series of images: lithograph movie posters that promote more than 6,000 movie titles produced mostly from 1940 to 1962. Some 4,000 posters, covering the years 1950-1962 were donated by Frederick Adler in 1972. Mr. Adler added approximately 1,000 more titles, concentrating on the early 1950's, in 1974. Philip Sills donated about 1,600 posters in 1974 that reflected the decade of the1940's.

Besides the obvious appeal to film students, these original movie posters should interest other academic disciplines. Art majors will be stimulated by the varying graphic design approaches of these examples of movie poster art. Business students will appreciate the marketing effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the differing ways to advertise movies. Many movies of this time period reflect the history of World War II and the Cold War. These film images are of value not only to students of history but also to the social researcher for their shifts in mores and culture.

Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

Heather Hesse, The Movie Listings
Jarron Jewell, Finding Aid

Collection Facts at a Glance

Benefactors:
The Movie Poster Research Collection is comprised of 6,000+ movie posters given to Special Collections in two separate donations by Frederick Adler in 1972 and 1974, and Philip Sills in 1972.
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Time Period:
1940-1962
Abstract:
The Movie Poster Collection contains more than 6,000 original movie posters dating from 1940-1962. Scope includes posters in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".
Quantity:
6,000+
Location:
Archives and Special Collections Main Room
Repository:
Archives and Special Collections / B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library / LIU Post Campus / Long Island University / Brookville, NY 11548 / (516) 299-2880 / jarron.jewell@liu.edu
Scope and Content:
6,000+ original movie posters dating from 1940-1962 in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".
User Restrictions:
The collection is available for viewing in the Archives and Special Collections' Reading Room. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment.
Rights:
The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

Currently on Display



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Films to Watch for Independence Day
Main Hallway, Upper Level

The Fighting Sullivans (1944, rereleased 1951) directed by Lloyd Bacon; starring Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan, Trudy Marshall, John Campbell, James Cardwell, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr., Roy Roberts, Ward Bond. "The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are chronicled in this film based on a true story."

John Paul Jones (1959) directed by John Farrow; starring Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales, Georges Rivière, Tom Brannum, Basil Sydney, Bruce Cabot, Archie Duncan. "The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia."

The Scarlet Coat (1955) directed by John Sturges; starring Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, George Sanders, Anne Francis, Robert Douglas, John McIntire, Rhys Williams, John Dehner, James Westerfield, Ashley Cowan, Paul Cavanagh, John Alderson, John O'Malley, Bobby Driscoll, Steve Hayes. "During the Revolutionary War, American Major John Boulton feigns desertion in order to uncover a British plot to seize the stronghold of West Point."

Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) directed by Henry Koster; starring Clifton Webb, Debra Paget, Robert Wagner, Ruth Hussey, Finlay Currie, Roy Roberts, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Ferguson, Jack Rice. "A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898."

Links and film information courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.



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Comics: A Flight through Time
Main Lobby, Main Level

Hercules Unchained (1959) directed by Pietro Francisci; starring Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez, Patrizia Della Rovere, Primo Carnera, Carlo D'Angelo, Gabriele Antonini, Cesare Fantoni, Mimmo Palmara, Andrea Fantasia, Aldo Fiorelli, Gino Mattera, Aldo Pini, Nino Marchetti, Daniele Vargas. "While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, Hercules loses his memory and is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale."

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) directed by Ken Annakin; starring Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch, James Hayter, James Robertson Justice, Martita Hunt, Hubert Gregg, Bill Owen, Reginald Tate, Elton Hayes, Anthony Eustrel, Patrick Barr, Anthony Forwood, Hal Osmond, Michael Hordern. "Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by henchmen of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men, to avenge his father's death and to help the people that Prince John is overtaxing."

Zorro Rides Again (1959) directed by John English and William Witney; starring Helen Christian, Reed Howes, Duncan Renaldo, Richard Alexander, John Carroll, Nigel De Brulier, Bob Kortman, Jack Ingram, Roger Williams, Edmund Cobb, Mona Rico, Harry Strang, Jerry Frank, Tom London, Noah Beery. "The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale. The aged co-owner calls in the aid of his nephew James, the great-grandson of the original Zorro. Can one black-clad man on horseback defeat a gang supplied with airplanes and machine guns? Edited version of the 1937 Republic serial."

Links and film information courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.



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Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."

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Rights: The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is owned by Long Island University and housed in Archives and Special Collections in the Library at LIU Post. The copyright for these materials has not been transferred to Long Island University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The Library requests that users contact the Studio where each individual movie was created for permission to reproduce images from its poster database. LIU also requests that its patron use the following Courtesy Line in any instances of digital reproduction: "Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections. LIU Post Library. Long Island University."