Vintage Movie Posters
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 Black Castle
Lon Chaney Jr.,
- "Sir Ronald Burton, an eighteenth-century English adventurer, believes his two friends have
been murdered by their old enemy, Count Von Bruno, on his Black Forest estate. Arriving at Von
Bruno's castle in disguise to accumulate evidence, Burton learns Von Bruno's unhappy wife and the
castle physician are virtual prisoners. Suspecting the visitor's motives, Von Bruno and his giant
henchman discover that Burton was responsible for their being captured and tortured."
- House of Fright
(1961) [ a.k.a. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) ] starring
Francis De Wolff,
- "Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of
man and releases a murderer from within himself."
- The Mummy's Ghost
Lon Chaney Jr.,
- "An Egyptian high priest travels to America to reclaim the bodies of the ancient Egyptian princess,
Ananka, and her living guardian mummy, Kharis. Learning that Ananka's spirit has been reincarnated
into another body, he kidnaps a young woman of Egyptian descent with a mysterious resemblance
to the princess. However, the high priest's greedy desires cause him to loose control of the mummy."
- Peeping Tom
Shirley Anne Field,
- "A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror."
- The Pit and the Pendulum
- "Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister has died. Her husband,
the son of the brutalest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she
has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating
he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been
buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle." Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
(on display in the nearby case, along with a copy of Poe's
Tales of Mystery and Imagination - with illustrations by Harry Clarke - that is part of the library's
American Juvenile Collection of children's fiction,
folklore, and fairy tales printed in North America between the years 1910-1960).
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,
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
rooms. Movie buffs,
please watch for coming attractions.
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