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
- The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Peter Lind Hayes
- "Bart has only one enemy in the world: his piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T has a mad plan to force
500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bart is the only
hope to save these boys from being enslaved. Fantastic sets, screenplay, and even song lyrics were
provided by Dr. Seuss. Features the only piano school ever known to be equipped with prison cells and
surrounded by an electric fence."
- Gigantis the Fire Monster
(1959) [a.k.a. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)] starring
- "Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend,
Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his, so he can be rescued. The two pilots
are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race
back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization that a monster
closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two
monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they
ultimately destroy each other?"
Mary Alan Hokanson
- "The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating
monsters that threaten civilization."
- The Thief of Baghdad
Joudi Mohammed Jamil
- "A prince, played by he-man Steve Reeves, must pass seven tests in order to find a legendary blue
rose and thus save the life of a comatose princess, win her hand in marriage, and the kingdom."
- The Last Days of Pompeii
(1959, USA release in 1960) starring
- "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?"
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).
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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