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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 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) starring Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson, Grégoire Aslan, Basil Sydney, Charles Lloyd Pack, Martin Benson, Mary Ellis, Marian Spencer, Peter Bull, Alec Mango, Sherry Alberoni.
    "In this loose adaptation of the Swift novel, an idealistic English doctor is washed overboard at sea and finds himself on an island inhabited by tiny people. These Lilliputians try to talk him into using his immense strength to destroy their enemies on a neighboring island. Gulliver promises to end the war, and he does by stealing the enemy's fleet, so they can never attack Lilliput. This doesn't satisfy the king, and a disgusted Gulliver finally manages to get off Lilliput but lands on an island of superstitious giants. At first they treat him well, but soon he falls out of favor. They accuse him of witchcraft and will burn him unless he finds a way to escape."

  • The Wasp Woman (1959) starring Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick, Michael Mark, Frank Gerstle, Bruno VeSota, Roy Gordon, Carolyn Hughes, Lynn Cartwright, Frank Wolff, Lani Mars, Philip Barry.
    "Janice Starlin, the owner of a cosmetics firm, sees that her fading beauty is not only causing waves in her personal life but causing some prestige problems for her also-fading business. Then a scientist claims to have developed a serum from the enzymes of wasps that will turn aging skin to youthful-looking skin. She agrees to be the first human to try the injections. But, as her beauty returns, she also has a personality change that it isn't for the better. When her access to the serum is cut off, there are serious side effects that lead to death and destruction."

  • 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?" An additional poster used to promote this film is also 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).

  • Village of the Damned (1960) starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith, Richard Warner, Jenny Laird, Sarah Long, Thomas Heathcote, Charlotte Mitchell, Pamela Buck, Rosamund Greenwood, Susan Richards, Bernard Archard, Peter Vaughan.
    "In the small English village of Midwich, everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant, and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast, and they all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to do."

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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