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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."

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College Just Ahead
Main Hallway, Upper Level

The All American (1953) directed by Jesse Hibbs; starring Tony Curtis, Lori Nelson, Richard Long, Mamie Van Doren, Gregg Palmer, Paul Cavanagh, Barney Phillips, Jimmy Hunt, Stuart Whitman, Douglas Kennedy, Donald Randolph, Herman Hickman, Frank Gifford, Tom Harmon, Jim Sears. "Nick Bonelli, quarterback for Mid-State, proves himself an All American in the championship, but his parents die in an auto accident coming to the game. Nick decides to transfer to Sheridan University to pursue his real interest of studying architecture. His decision not to join the football team causes considerable friction for him at his new alma mater, particularly with Howard Carter who sees him as a rival. Romantic interests complicate Nick's life and he must make decisions about his future."

Betty Co-Ed (1946) directed by Arthur Dreifuss; starring Jean Porter, Shirley Mills, William Mason, Rosemary La Planche, John Shelton, Kay Morley, Jackie Moran, Jane Isbell, Edward Van Sloan, George Meader, Patsy Moran, Ray Bennett, Jan Savitt. "Jean Porter interrupts her carnival singing career to enroll as a freshman at Upton College. She quickly encounters the snobbery of the sorority girls because of her background. But the sorority is reorganized on democratic principles and she is invited to join."

Bonzo Goes to College (1952) directed by Frederick De Cordova; starring Maureen O'Sullivan, Edmund Gwenn, Charles Drake, Gigi Perreau, Gene Lockhart, Bonzo, Irene Ryan, John Miljan, Frank Nelson, Jerry Paris, Guy Williams, Richard Garrick, Tom Harmon. "In this fantasy-toned sequel, former lab chimp Bonzo - now literate (!) - runs away from a carnival sideshow and hops a banana truck. He lands in college town Pawlton and is adopted by the granddaughter of football coach 'Pop' Drew, who sorely needs good players. Obvious but pleasant slapstick follows."

College Confidential (1960) directed by Albert Zugsmith; starring Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Herbert Marshall, Cathy Crosby, Conway Twitty, Randy Sparks, Pamela Mason, Rocky Marciano, Sheilah Graham, Earl Wilson, Louis Sobol, Elisha Cook Jr., Ziva Rodann. "Sociology professor Steve McInter is conducting a survey at Collins College about the mores and lifestyles of the young people. Some of the good citizens begin to take exception to his sociological survey when they find out it includes questions about sex. When reporter Betty Ducayne receives an anonymous tip that the good professor is engaging in tha corruption of youth, and Steve's past comes up to haunt him, all heck breaks loose."

Links and film information courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.

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Edgar Allan Poe
Main Hallway, Upper Level



The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) directed by Roger Corman; starring Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Lynette Bernay, Larry Turner, Mary Menzies, Charles Victor. "Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister has died. Her husband, the son of the brutalest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle."




Book: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1935) by Edgar A. Poe ; illustrated by Harry Clarke. New York : Tudor Publishing Company. "This gorgeous anthology features 29 of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of the fantastic and the macabre. It combines some of his most popular stories - including 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' - with lesser-known gems." Color Mounted Frontispiece. 31 plates. Many color plates and black/white engravings.

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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."