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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
The American Cowboy
Main Lobby

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  • The Big Country (1958) starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Alfonso Bedoya, Chuck Connors, Chuck Hayward, Buff Brady, Jim Burk, Dorothy Adams, Chuck Roberson, Bob Morgan, John McKee.
    "A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land."

  • The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood, John Qualen, Olive Carey, Henry Brandon, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey Jr., Antonio Moreno, Hank Worden, Beulah Archuletta, Walter Coy, Dorothy Jordan.
    "Ethan Edwards, returned from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, hopes to find a home with his family and to be near the woman he obviously but secretly loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans, and Ethan sets out, along with his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin, on a years-long journey to find the niece kidnapped by the Indians under Chief Scar. But as the quest goes on, Martin begins to realize that his uncle's hatred for the Indians is beginning to spill over onto his now-assimilated niece. Martin becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue Debbie...or kill her."

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  • Shane (1953) starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Spencer, John Dierkes, Ellen Corby, Paul McVey, John Miller, Edith Evanson.
    "A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act."

  • Yellow Sky (1948) starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Robert Arthur, John Russell, Harry Morgan, James Barton, Charles Kemper.
    "A band of bank robbers on the run from a posse flee into the desert. Near death from lack of water they stumble into what appears to be a ghost town, only to discover an old prospector and his granddaughter living there. The robbers discover that the old man has been mining gold and set out to make a quick fortune by robbing the pair. Their plan runs foul when the gang leader, Stretch, falls for the granddaughter, which sets off a showdown between the entire gang."


Currently on Display
'Tis the Season: Christmas Movies
Upstairs Hallway

  • Beyond Tomorrow (1940) starring Harry Carey C. Aubrey Smith Charles Winninger Alex Melesh Maria Ouspenskaya Helen Vinson Rod La Rocque Richard Carlson Jean Parker J. Anthony Hughes Robert Homans Virginia McMullen James Bush William Bakewell.
    "Melton, Chadwick, and O'Brien, rich but lonely heads of an engineering firm, invite three strangers to dinner on Christmas Eve. Only two show up: James and Jean. They fall in love and become friends with their three benefactors... until the latter are killed in a plane crash and come back to their old home as ghosts. In the coming months, true love encounters some rough spots; can ghostly O'Brien help the young folks?"

  • Christmas Eve (1947) starring George Raft, George Brent, Randolph Scott, Joan Blondell, Virginia Field, Dolores Moran, Ann Harding, Reginald Denny, Douglass Dumbrille, Carl Harbord, Dennis Hoey, Clarence Kolb, Molly Lamont, John Litel, Walter Sande.
    "An heiress attempts to bring her adopted sons back home by Christmas Eve to rescue her fortune from a scheming nephew."

  • Christmas in Connecticut (1945) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, S.Z. Sakall, Robert Shayne, Una O'Connor, Frank Jenks, Joyce Compton, Dick Elliott.
    "In this 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy directed by Peter Godfrey, a food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas."

  • Holiday Inn (1942) starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers, Irving Bacon, Marek Windheim, James Bell, John Gallaudet, Shelby Bacon, Joan Arnold, Bob Crosby and His Orchestra.
    "At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer."

  • White Christmas (1954) starring Bing Crosby Danny Kaye Rosemary Clooney Vera-Ellen Dean Jagger Mary Wickes John Brascia Anne Whitfield.
    "A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general."


Currently on Display
'Tis the Season: The American Juvenile Book Collection
Upstairs Hallway

  • A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens; illustrated by Anonymous. New century edition. Chicago : Henneberry, 1931.

  • Miracle on 34th Street / Valentine Davies; illustrated by Christine Weil. New York : Harcourt, Brace, 1947.

  • A Visit from Santa Claus / Clement C. Moore; illustrated by Virginia Gerson. New York : White, Stokes, Allen, 1886.


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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