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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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  • And Then There Were None (1945) starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard, Harry Thurston.
    "On a remote and isolated island, ten people - 8 invited guests and two servants - find themselves facing their own deaths. Their unidentified host informs them, via a gramophone record, that as they have all been responsible for someone's death, they in turn will die before the weekend is out. There is no way for any of them to flee the island, so they set about trying to determine who their hidden host might be and where he might be hiding. One by one, the guests are killed and one of them suggests that the killer is likely among them."

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis De Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, Helen Goss, Sam Kydd, Michael Hawkins, Judi Moyens, Michael Mulcaster, David Birks.
    "Returning to his family's manor house on the lonely moors after his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Sir Henry Baskerville is confronted with the mystery of the supernatural hound that supposedly takes revenge upon the Baskerville family. The famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant, Dr. Watson, are brought in to investigate."

  • My Cousin Rachel (1952) starring Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire, George Dolenz, John Sutton, Tudor Owen, J.M. Kerrigan.
    "When Philip Ashley's much-loved (and rich) cousin Ambrose dies, he is convinced that Ambrose was murdered by his new wife Rachel to inherit his wealth. But when he meets Rachel and falls in love with her, he knows that his suspicions must have been unfounded. But were they, or is Rachel just trying to use Philip to get at the estate Ambrose left to him instead of to her? And will she murder him next?"

  • The Scapegoat (1959) starring Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth, Pamela Brown, Annabel Bartlett, Geoffrey Keen, Noel Howlett, Peter Bull, Leslie French, Alan Webb, Maria Britneva, Eddie Byrne, Alexander Archdale, Peter Sallis.
    "On a vacation in France from his nondescript job and life, John Barratt encounters a titled but impoverished French nobleman who looks exactly like him. The nobleman gets John drunk, and switches places with him to take a breather from his failing business and too-complicated life. John tries to convince everyone he is not who they think he is, but he begins to get more and more involved with the count's family, including an unhappy wife, domineering mother, lonely but talented young daughter, bitter spinster sister and the expected mistress. As John gets to know them he feels he can help them with their problems, but is also becoming used to his borrowed life, which has given him a purpose for the first time."

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  • Beverly Gray, Reporter (1940) by Clair Blank. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Beverly Gray College Mystery Series]
    "Published between 1934 and 1955, the series began as a series of school stories that followed Beverly's progress through college, her various romances, and a career as a reporter before becoming strictly a mystery series. Beverly is portrayed as an extraordinarily determined individual: 'There was a driving ambition in her heart that would not let her idle her life away.'"

  • Cherry Ames, Student Nurse (1943) by Helen Wells. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Cherry Ames Nurse Stories]
    "Cherry starts nursing school at Spencer with a mixture of anxiety and anticipation - would she have what it takes to be a nurse? She leaves her quiet town of Hilton, Illinois for the bustle of hospital life, to meet challenges she wouldn't have imagined. The U.S. is at war. Many nurses have gone to the front, and there is a shortage of RNs at Spencer-which Cherry and her classmates help to fill, as they learn the skills they need to graduate. And who is the mysterious patient in the secret room that no one seems to know anything about? Should Cherry risk expulsion to save his life?"

  • Ginny Gordon and the Mystery of the Disappearing Candlesticks (1948) by Julie Campbell ; illustrated by Margaret Jervis. Racine, Wis. : Whitman Pub. Co. [Ginny Gordon Series]
    "The Hustlers start a swap shop as a money-making project, but have to deal with the disappearance of Ginny's Great-Aunt Betsy's heirloom silver candlesticks, and along the way tackle a jewel thief."

  • The Haunted Attic (1932) by Margaret Sutton ; illustrated by Pelagie Doane. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. [Judy Bolton Mystery]
    "When Judy Bolton and her family move into a haunted house, she is determined to solve the mystery of the ghost in the attic."

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1930) by A. Conan Doyle. New York : Doubleday, Doran, & Co. [Sherlock Holmes]
    "Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case."

  • Hunting for Hidden Gold (1928) by Franklin W. Dixon. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Hardy Boys Mystery Stories]
    "In an old Montana mining camp, Frank and Joe Hardy puzzle over a series of mysterious events."

  • Lost Colony: The Mystery of Roanoke Island (1953) by Jean Bothwell ; illustrated by by Edward F. Cortese. Philadelphia : Winston. [Winston Adventure Books]
    "The author weaves a historical account filled with adventure and based on historical fact of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia. It is written for children with text illustrations by Edward F. Cortese."

  • The Missing Chums (1962) by Franklin W. Dixon. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. [Hardy Boys Mystery Stories]
    "A series of bizarre events in their home town lead the Hardy Boys on a trail of robbers and kidnappers. In this new story, based on the original of the same title, Mr. Dixon has incorporated the most up-to-date methods used by police and private detectives."

  • The Secret of the Old Clock (1930) by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Russell H. Tandy. New York : Grosset & Dunlap. [Nancy Drew Mystery Stories]
    "Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will."

  • When the Key Turned (1939) by Frances K. Judd. New York : Cupples & Leon Co. [Kay Tracey Mystery Stories]
    "A frantic call sends Kay Tracey dashing to the home of her friend Rosa Lusardi. When she pushes open the door an astonishing scene meets her eyes. Rosa Lusardi sits bound hand and foot to a chair by the telephone table. And her father's valuable violin - a Stradivarius - has been stolen!"

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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