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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
Shocktober Thrillers
Upstairs Hallway

  • The Black Castle (1952) starring Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hoyt, Michael Pate, Nancy Valentine, Tudor Owen, Henry Corden, Otto Waldis.
    "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 Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff, Norma Marla, Francis De Wolff, Joy Webster.
    "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 (1944) starring Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames, Barton MacLane, George Zucco, Frank Reicher, Harry Shannon, Emmett Vogan, Lester Sharpe, Claire Whitney, Oscar O'Shea.
    "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 (1960) starring Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson, Esmond Knight, Michael Goodliffe, Martin Miller, Jack Watson, Shirley Anne Field, Pamela Green.
    "A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror."

  • The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) starring Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Lynette Bernay, Larry Turner, Mary Menzies, Charles Victor.
    "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, 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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