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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.

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☘  Leave It to the Irish  ☘
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  • Captain Boycott (1947) starring Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan, Cecil Parker, Mervyn Johns, Alastair Sim, Noel Purcell, Niall MacGinnis, Maureen Delaney, Eddie Byrne, Liam Gaffney, Liam Redmond, Edward Lexy, Robert Donat, Bernadette O'Farrell, Harry Webster.
    "Rousing historical drama stars Stewart Granger as the leader of a group of late 19th-century Irish farmers who rebel against the cruel tactics of the local earl's landlord, whose name became synonymous with their treatment of him."

  • Crooked River (1950) starring James Ellison, Russell Hayden, Raymond Hatton, Fuzzy Knight, Julie Adams, Tom Tyler, George J. Lewis, John L. Cason, Stanley Price, Stephen Carr, Dennis Moore, George Chesebro, Bud Osborne, Jimmy Martin.
    Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison and Russell "Lucky" Hayden were known as the "Irish Cowboys" (more information). "In 1860, as they travel west along the Crooked River, "Shamrock" Ellison and his parents are attacked by the Gentry gang. The gang shoots and kills Shamrock's father and steals a ring on which his initials have been engraved, and Shamrock swears revenge. Sometime later, a posse is formed, and $5,000 is offered for the location of the mountain cabin serving as the gang's hideout. Later, a sheriff known as the Colonel meets with Shamrock's friend, the Deacon, and promises that the stagecoach carrying his gold shipment will be safe from the gang. When rival gang leader Lucky, who is seeking only enough money to send his sister Ann east, learns of the shipment, he instructs his henchman Kent and his gang to put on their masks and attack the stagecoach. Shamrock shoots and wounds Gentry's man Butch after he sees him shoot the Deacon. Later, Shamrock is deputized by the Colonel and goes to Lucky's house, where his gang is hiding out. When he knocks at the kitchen door and pretends to be a lost traveler, Lucky's sister Ann refuses to let him in. Determined, Shamrock goes around to the front door to knock, but by the time Ann crosses the room to answer it, he has slipped through the kitchen door and seated himself at the table. Shamrock then asks for food, which Ann reluctantly serves after being ordered to do so by Gentry. When Shamrock mentions that he knows some first aid techniques, Gentry asks him to examine Butch. Later, Shamrock determines that the bullet has become lodged near Butch's lung and promises to take him to the doctor in the morning. Later, when they are alone together, Kent grabs Ann and begins kissing her roughly, but she succeeds in fighting him off. The next morning, after Butch has seen the doctor, Shamrock asks the Colonel if it was the Gentry gang who killed his parents, but he cannot be sure. Later, Ann overhears Kent, who does not like Lucky's rule against killing, convincing the rest of the gang to join up with Gentry's gang and reports this to Lucky. When Lucky arrives at the cabin, he finds Kent attacking Ann and tosses lye powder into his eyes, which temporarily blinds him. Before Lucky can fire at Kent, Shamrock arrives and shoots the weapon from his hand. Later, Shamrock notices his father's ring sitting on a shelf in the kitchen, and Ann explains that Kent gave it to her. At the jail, the sheriff and his deputies tie white handkerchiefs around their necks so that Shamrock will be able to distinguish them from the bandits when they come to his aid. Later, Kent leaves the cabin for a moment, and Ann rushes downstairs to hide in the cellar. Shamrock breaks into the cabin to wait for Kent, who returns shortly. When Kent creeps into Ann's bedroom, Lucky, who is hiding in the dark, shoots him. Later, the posse arrives and captures the gang, while Shamrock shoots Gentry, before being shot and killed himself" (more information).

  • His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) starring Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell, Abraham Sofaer, Archie Savage, Benson Fong, Tessa Prendergast, Lloyd Berrell, Charles Horvath, Philip Ahn, Guy Doleman, Grant Taylor, Alexander Archdale, Harvey Adams.
    David Dean O'Keefe (1824- or 1828-1901) was an Irish immigrant from Savannah, Georgia, who become a historical and political figure on the South Pacific island of Yap (more information). "In 1870, a mutinous crew on the South Seas sets adrift Irish-American Capt. David Dean O'Keefe. Barely alive when his dory washes ashore on the island of Yap, O'Keefe is revived by German trader Alfred Tetens and medicine man Fatumak. Seeing abundant coconut trees growing on the island, O'Keefe dreams of making a fortune by harvesting coconut meat, called "copra", from which a highly sought oil is extracted. Tetens, who has lived on Yap for several years, tells O'Keefe that the natives cannot be induced to harvest the fruit, as they are uninterested in trade. O'Keefe remains confident that he will convince the islanders to help him, and learns that they greatly value "fei", a sacred stone they risk their lives to quarry on a distant island. Every year, the head chief, Boogulroo, challenges Tetens to a ritual combat. Although the German always declines by publicly acknowledging the chief's authority, O'Keefe accepts the challenge. Impressed by his prowess as a warrior, Boogulroo grants O'Keefe one "favor" and O'Keefe asks that coconuts be delivered to him. When a steamer arrives, bearing officials from the German company employing Tetens, O'Keefe sells his coconut meat and arranges for passage to Hong Kong. Before he leaves, O'Keefe bids a special goodbye to the native woman Kakofel, and Fatumak gives him a whale's tooth for remembrance, predicting they will meet again. In Hong Kong, O'Keefe looks for investors to buy him a ship, confident that he can make them rich from copra, but the big Spanish and German companies do not want him cutting into their trade. After O'Keefe refuses a partnership with slave trader Bully Hayes, Sien Tang, a wealthy dentist, offers O'Keefe a junk to sail. With a new crew and Sien Tang's nephew Chou as first mate, O'Keefe sails toward Yap. When bad weather slows them down, O'Keefe and his men are forced to stop at an island for provisions, but hostile natives attack, injuring O'Keefe. At the next island, Palau, the sailors spend several days with the hospitable natives and Australian trader Bart Harris. When Harris mistakes O'Keefe's courtship of his half-caste daughter Dalabo for seduction and threatens to shoot him, O'Keefe, who is in love, asks to marry her. Although the inexperienced Dalabo is unsure of her love, she agrees to be married after O'Keefe explains that the best kind of love grows slowly. When Fatumak and other men from Yap show up in their small crafts, O'Keefe realizes that Palau is the island where fei is collected. Using explosives, he helps them quarry the stone more quickly, then carries the unusually large load back to Yap in his ship. However, O'Keefe refuses to unload the fei until his ship and several storehouses are filled with copra. After accusing O'Keefe of trickery, Boogulroo returns with his men to Palau to gather more fei, claiming that only what is gathered in the old way has value. Inifel, a lesser chief, has his men supply the copra, and O'Keefe is soon sailing back to Hong Kong. There, Sien Tang provides an elaborate Chinese wedding for O'Keefe and Dalabo, but the next day, when they embark for the islands, Dalabo realizes that O'Keefe's mind is filled with visions of fame, riches and power, leaving little room for her. Meanwhile, Hayes and his men attack Yap and capture the villagers. O'Keefe returns in time to free them, retake the village, and capture Hayes, but convinces the islanders to let Hayes's crew leave to spread the story of his defeat, so that future bullies will be deterred. Acknowledging his wisdom and leadership, the villagers crown O'Keefe as king. During the ceremony, Boogulroo returns from Palau and attacks O'Keefe, but the people believe that the gods are with O'Keefe, and the chief and his men are banished. Dalabo, who is aware of O'Keefe's greed and his on-going dalliance with Kakofel, is unimpressed with his rise to power, and sarcastically calls him "his majesty O'Keefe". When the Germans return, they refuse to accept O'Keefe as head of the island. After luring him off the island, they circle back, and with Boogulroo's help, take over the village. Tetens is killed in the skirmish, and while O'Keefe fights to reclaim the village, a German officer dies. Realizing that the islanders divided cannot survive, O'Keefe, with Fatumak's help, tells Boogulroo and Inifel to choose a new king to reunite the people. Because the manner of gathering fei has also become a dividing issue, O'Keefe announces that Boogulroo was correct in saying that only fei gathered in the old way has value. Then, expecting to be hanged, O'Keefe gives himself up to the Germans. However, as they try to arrest him, Boogulroo, speaking for all the villagers, asks, "Where are you taking our king? " The Germans give up and O'Keefe, who has regained Dalabo's respect, remains on the island" (more information).

  • Leave It to the Irish (1944) starring James Dunn, Wanda McKay, Jack La Rue, Dick Purcell, Arthur Loft, Barbara Woodell, Vince Barnett, Joseph DeVillard, Olaf Hytten, Eddie Allen, Dick Scott, Ted Stanhope.
    "A private investigator, Terry Moran, who is in love with the daughter of a police detective, is hired by Mrs. Hamilton to solve the murder of her husband, a fur dealer. Moran is beaten up by the henchmen of Maletti - owner of the Black Swan Club and a dealer in stolen goods - and ordered to quit the case. Later, they search Hamilton's warehouse after they find a bill of sale for a large quantity of liquor and discover that stolen furs have been substituted for the liquor. Forcing his way into Maletti's office, Moran discovers Maletti dead, and he is hit over the head. He awakens to find the police accusing him of the murder."

  • Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) starring James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike, Cyril Cusack, Marianne Benet, John Breslin, Harry Brogan, Robert Brown, Lewis Casson, Christopher Casson, John Cairney, Harry H. Corbett.
    "In the 1920's Ireland, IRA members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan, as they fight oppressive British forces."

Currently on Display
☘  The American Juvenile Collection  ☘
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  • Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas (1986) by Morgan Llywelyn. New York: Crown.
    "An authentic re-creation of sixteenth-century Ireland provides the backdrop for the saga of real-life Irish chieftain Grace O'Malley, who took part in a lifelong struggle against England's Queen Elizabeth I."

  • The Irish Fairy Book (1909) by Alfred Perceval ; illustrated by George Denham. New York: F.A. Stokes.

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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