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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
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  • Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961) starring Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith, Edward Platt, Frank DeKova, Berry Kroeger, Edgar Stehli, Wolfe Barzell, Jay Novello, Paul Frees.
    "A Greek fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland and is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world, forcing the slaves to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays and can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches."

  • Atomic Submarine (1959) starring Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway, Paul Dubov, Bob Steele, Victor Varconi, Joi Lansing, Selmer Jackson, Jack Mulhall, Jean Moorhead, Richard Tyler, Kenneth Becker, Sid Melton, Frank Watkins.
    "In the far and distant future of 1968, many ships and planes are crossing the North pole to transport passengers and cargo. Lately, however, more than eight ships and seven submarines have vanished mysteriously. The submarine, Tigershark, is sent out to investigate their whereabouts and - if possible - remove the cause of their disappearances. But the life form Commander Vandover and his crew encounter may be too powerful even for their advanced weapons and technology."

  • Attack of the Puppet People (1958) starring John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney, Susan Gordon, Michael Mark, Jack Kosslyn, Marlene Willis, Ken Miller, Laurie Mitchell, Scott Peters, June Jocelyn, Jean Moorhead, Hank Patterson, Hal Bogart, Troy Patterson.
    "Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves."

  • The 27th Day (1957) starring Gene Barry, Valerie French, George Voskovec, Arnold Moss, Stefan Schnabel, Ralph Clanton, Friedrich von Ledebur, Paul Birch, Azemat Janti.
    "Five Earthlings are abducted by aliens and are each given a capsule which can release a weapon so deadly that all of human-kind will be destroyed. This is a test of sorts: if all 5 can resist using the weapon for 27 days, mankind will continue on Earth, but should any one of them release the weapon, all human life will be destroyed and the aliens will take the Earth as their new home. When their alien abductor makes the identities of the five known in a world-wide broadcast, they all become hunted either by the curious or by their own governments. As the paranoia mounts, man threatens to destroy itself through war, without the use of the alien weapon."

  • 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 Marín, Carlo Tamberlani, Mino Doro, Mario Berriatúa, Mario Morales, Ángel Ortiz, Ignazio Dolce, Ángel 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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