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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
💖 💘 💕 Love Is in the Air 💕 💘 💖
Upstairs Hallway

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  • The Palm Beach Story (1942) starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, Sig Arno, Robert Warwick, Arthur Stuart Hull, Torben Meyer, Jimmy Conlin, Victor Potel, William Demarest, Jack Norton, Robert Greig, Roscoe Ates, Dewey Robinson.
    "An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire."

  • I'll Be Seeing You (1944) starring Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Tom Tully, John Derek, Chill Wills, Kenny Bowers.
    "A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance."

  • Her Sister's Secret (1946) starring Nancy Coleman, Margaret Lindsay, Phillip Reed, Felix Bressart, Regis Toomey, Henry Stephenson, Fritz Feld, Winston Severn, George Meeker, Helene Heigh, Frances E. Williams, Rudolph Anders.
    "A WWII tale of romance that begins during New Orlean's Mardi Gras celebration when a soldier and a girl meet and fall in love. He asks her to marry him, but she decides to wait until his next leave. He is sent overseas, and she does not receive his letter and feels abandoned, but she does find out she is pregnant. She gives the child to her married sister and does not see her child again for three years. She returns to her sister's home to reclaim the child, and the soldier, who has been searching for her, also turns up. The sister is not interested in giving up the child."

  • Invitation (1952) starring Van Johnson, Dorothy McGuire, Ruth Roman, Louis Calhern, Ray Collins, Michael Chekhov, Lisa Golm, Diane Cassidy, Stapleton Kent, Barbara Ruick, Norman Field, Matt Moore, Pat Conway, Alex Gerry, Lucille Curtis.
    "Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her."

Currently on Display
♆ 💖 ☿ Goddess of Love: The American Juvenile Book Collection ☿ 💖 ♆
Upstairs Hallway

  • Book of Greek Myths / Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire. Garden City, NY : Doubleday, 1962.

  • Norse Gods and Giants / Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire. Garden City, NY : Doubleday, 1967.

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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