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 Innocents
- "A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted."
- "A small-town doctor gets caught up in a revenge plot when his small daughter is kidnapped
and buried alive, and he is given a just few short hours to find her before she suffocates.
To cover the risk of a heart attack while viewing the film, Producer-Director William Castle
provided each member of the audience with an official certificate issued by Lloyds of London to
insure them for $1,000 against death by fright."
- The Valley of the Zombies
Thomas E. Jackson,
- "Dr. Maynard tells Dr. Terry Evans and his nurse, Susan Drake, about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab.
Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who
later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality
is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred
threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned
graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads: 'Murks Bros.,Undertakers.'
Susan is kidnapped."
- Vampire's Ghost
(1945; 1946 release) starring
- "In a small African port, a tawdry bar is run by a old man named Webb Fallon. Fallon is actually a vampire,
but he is becoming weary of his 'life' of the past few hundred years."
- 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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