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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.


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  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) starring Peter Lind Hayes Mary Healy Hans Conried Tommy Rettig Jack Heasley Robert Heasley Noel Cravat George Chakiris.
    "Bart has only one enemy in the world: his piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T has a mad plan to force 500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bart is the only hope to save these boys from being enslaved. Fantastic sets, screenplay, and even song lyrics were provided by Dr. Seuss. Features the only piano school ever known to be equipped with prison cells and surrounded by an electric fence."

  • Gigantis the Fire Monster (1959) [a.k.a. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)] starring Hiroshi Koizumi Setsuko Wakayama Minoru Chiaki Takashi Shimura Masao Shimizu Seijir˘ Onda S˘nosuke Sawamura Yoshio Tsuchiya Mayuri Mokush˘ Minosuke Yamada Yukio Kasama Senkichi ďmura Ren Yamamoto Shin ďtomo Shir˘ Tsuchiya.
    "Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend, Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his, so he can be rescued. The two pilots are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization that a monster closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they ultimately destroy each other?"

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  • Them! (1954) starring James Whitmore Edmund Gwenn Joan Weldon James Arness Onslow Stevens Sean McClory Chris Drake Sandy Descher Mary Alan Hokanson Don Shelton Fess Parker Olin Howland.
    "The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization."

  • The Thief of Baghdad (1961) starring Steve Reeves Giorgia Moll Edy Vessel Arturo Dominici Daniele Vargas Antonio Battistella Fanfulla Giancarlo Zarfati Gina Mascetti Antonio Rosmino Ignazio Dolce Mohammed Agrebi Joudi Mohammed Jamil Georges Chamarat Eduardo Bergamo.
    "A prince, played by he-man Steve Reeves, must pass seven tests in order to find a legendary blue rose and thus save the life of a comatose princess, win her hand in marriage, and the kingdom."

  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1959, USA release in 1960) starring Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey, Barbara Carroll, Anne-Marie Baumann, Mimmo Palmara, Guillermo MarÝn, Carlo Tamberlani, Mino Doro, Mario Berriat˙a, Mario Morales, ┴ngel Ortiz, Ignazio Dolce, ┴ngel Aranda, Tony Richards.
    "Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from far-off wars. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father has been murdered by a gang of black-hooded looting bandits. Glaucus vows revenge against the killers, but just how high up are those involved?" On display in the nearby case, along with an illustrated edition of the book owned by Special Collections and more artwork inspired by it. Other versions of the book were filmed in 1900, 1908, 1913, 1926, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1975, 1984, and 2003 (more about the book).


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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