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
Sci-Fi and Fantasies in Summer
- Arabian Nights
William 'Wee Willie' Davis,
Jeni Le Gon,
- "Dancer Sherazade was told by the stars that she will become wife of Haroun, the caliph
in Bagdad. She tells the caliph's brother, Kamar, who planned a coup d'état - which failed
at first - but, supported by the vizier, finally succeeds. Haroun is injured and gets help from
Ahmad's actor troupe, where he is nursed by Sherazade, who doesn't recognize him. When
she hears that Kamar is looking for her, she goes to him but is sold with the complete troupe
of actors to slavery. They're able to escape, but Haroun is still in danger. To save him,
Sherazade agrees to poison Kamar, but Haroun tries to establish his rulership first."
- The Thing from Another World
- "Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon
closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him
back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Captain Hendry believes that the
dangerous creature is an invader and decides to find a way to destroy it with his team. But
Dr. Carrington believes that the scientific discovery is more important than lives and protects
- The Last Days of Pompeii
(1959, USA release in 1960)
- "Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous
eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from far-off wars.
Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father has been murdered by a gang of black-hooded
looting bandits. Glaucus vows revenge against the killers, but just how high up are those involved?"
An additional poster used to promote this film is also on display in the nearby case, along with
an illustrated edition of the book owned by Special Collections and more artwork inspired by it. Other versions of the book were filmed in 1900,
1908, 1913, 1926, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1975, 1984, and 2003
(more about the book).
- World Without End
- "Four astronauts returning from mankind's first mission to Mars enter a time warp and
crash on a 26th Century Earth devastated by atomic war. Our heroes meet with hideous
mutant cavemen, giant spiders, love-struck beauties in short dresses, and jealous old
geezers in sparkly skullcaps as they struggle to save humanity and build a new world."
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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