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Special Collections has 6,000 movie posters mainly from the 1940s and 1950s. Posters from the 100 best movies can now be viewed online.

Currently on Display
 Films to Watch for Independence Day 
Upstairs Hallway

  • The Fighting Sullivans (1944, rereleased 1951) 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) Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales, Georges Rivičre, 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) 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) 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."

Currently on Display
The American Juvenile Collection
 Sci-Fi and Fantasies in Summer 
Upstairs Hallway

  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (1946) by Lewis Carroll [pseud.] Illustrated by John Tenniel. New York : Grosset & Dunlap.
    "After falling down a rabbit hole and stepping through a mirror, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters."

  • The Arabian Nights (1946) illustrated by Earle Goodenow. New York : Grosset & Dunlap.
    "A selection of tales from the many in the 'Thousand and one nights'. The tales come from India, China, and Arabia. Contents: Scheherazade -- The merchant and the genie -- The story of the fisherman and the genie -- The story of the king and the physician -- The story of the young king of the Black Isles -- The story of the enchanted horse -- The story of Sinbad the sailor -- The story of the three sisters -- The story of Prince Ahmed and Periebanou -- The story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves -- The story of Aladdin, or, The wonderful lamp -- The story of Abou Hassan, or, The sleeper awakened -- The story of Codadad and his brothers."

  • Beyond the Gates of Hercules : a Tale of the Lost Atlantis (1971) by Elizabeth Borton de Treviņo. New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
    "Even though a daughter of the leading family of Atlantis foresees that her brother will be instrumental in the destruction of their homeland, nothing can be done to prevent the tragedy."

  • The Coming of the Demons (1982) by Gwenyth Hood. New York : Morrow.
    "Space travelers, searching for a world to live on, land in 13th century Italy and get involved in the dynastic struggles of the period. Because of a non-interference rule, they are not supposed to even contact the natives, but, due to treachery by some of them, they are forced to intervene to try and capture their criminal members."

  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1926) by Edward Bulwer Lytton ; pictures by F.C. Yohn. New York : C. Scribner's Sons.
    "The story concerns four people in Pompeii in the period leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the city in ash in AD 79. They are Glaucus, a Greek-born, rich young man who is a bit of a rake (he gambles on the gladiatorial games) but fundamentally decent; Ione, his lover (in the author's words, 'The wealth of her graces was inexhaustible -- she beautified the commonest action; a word, a look from her, seemed magic. Love her, and you entered into a new world, you passed from this trite and common-place earth'); Nydia, a blind slave girl passionately and uselessly in love with Glaucus; and Arbaces, a brilliantly malevolent high priest of the cult of Isis." (More about the book).

  • Red Planet : A Colonial Boy on Mars (1949) by Robert A. Heinlein ; illustrated by Clifford Geary. New York : Scribner's Sons.
    "A young colonist on Mars befriends a strange round creature called Willis who gets him into trouble when he goes away to school, but whose presence and friendship finally enable the colonials to negotiate a treaty with the Martians."

  • Tom Swift and His Flying Lab (1954) by Victor Appleton II ; illustrated by Graham Kaye. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Tom Swift series]
    "Tom Swift and his father travel to a South American country in their flying space lab to look for uranium and keep it from falling into the hands of a group of dangerous rebels."

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900, c1899) by L. Frank Baum ; with pictures by W.W. Denslow. Chicago ; New York : G.M. Hill Co. [Oz series]
    First edition, second state. "Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other curious creatures come to life as they set out on an exciting quest down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the elusive Wizard." (Online version at the Library of Congress).

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

The Library's movie posters also paper the walls of the newly refurbished Paramount Theater at LIU Brooklyn, thanks, in part, to the efforts of former LIU president, David Steinberg (1985-2013). Only duplicate copies of Paramount Pictures movie titles were picked and then placed in secure frames. Very recently, the rest of the Paramount duplicates were also sent to be framed. There is also the exciting possibility of movie poster exhibits animating one of the Tilles Center's rooms. Movie buffs, please watch for coming attractions.

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