The Original Movie Poster Research Collection 1940-1962


Special Collections. C.W. Post Campus / Long Island University, Brookville, New York 11548

Conrad Schoeffling
Collection Curator

Heather Hesse
The Movie Listings

Jarron Jewell
Finding Aid/Web Design

Collection Finding Aid
History of the Collection
Collection Contents

Collection Finding Aid:


The Original Movie Poster Research Collection is comprised of 6,000+ movie posters given to Special Collections in two separate donations by Frederick Adler in 1972 and 1974, and Philip Sills in 1972.



Time Period:

1940 - 1962


The Original Movie Poster Collection contains more than 6,000 Original Movie Posters dating from 1940 - 1962. Scope includes posters in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".



Collection Number:



Special Collections Main Room


Special Collections.
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library,
C. W. Post Campus
Long Island University,
Brookville, NY 11548

Scope and Content:

6,000+ Original Movie Posters dating from 1940 - 1962 in two sizes: 24" x 28" and 36" x 14".

User Restrictions:

The Collection is available for viewing in the Special Collections' Reading Room. Requests for digital images are considered on a case by case basis. Please call or email us for an appointment. 516/299-2880 and

History of the Collection:

This collection is a vivid and instructive series of images, lithograph movie posters that promote more than 6,000 movie titles produced mostly from 1940 to 1962. Some 4,000 posters, covering the years 1950-1962 were donated by Frederick Adler in 1972. Mr. Adler added approximately 1,000 more titles, concentrating on the early 1950's, in 1974. Philip Sills donated about 1,600 posters in 1974 that reflected the decade of the1940's.

Besides the obvious appeal to film students, these original movie posters should interest other academic disciplines. Art majors will be stimulated by the varying graphic design approaches of these examples of movie poster art. Business students will appreciate the marketing effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the differing ways to advertise movies. Many movies of this time period reflect the history of World War II and the Cold War. These film images are of value not only to students of history, but also to the social researcher for their shifts in mores and culture.


BIG FISHERMAN: Buena Vista, 1959. 180m. color
Director: Frank Borzage. Cast: Howard Keel, Susan Kohner, John Saxon, Martha Hyer, Herbert Lom, Alexander Scourby.

DAVID AND BATHSHEBA: 20th Century Fox, 1951. 116m. color
Director: Henry King. Cast: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Keiron Moore, James Robertson Justice, Jayne Meadows, John Sutton, Francis X. Bushman.

DAY OF TRIUMPH: Century Films, 1954. 110m. color
Director: Irving Pichel. Cast: Lee J. Cobb, Robert Wilson, James Griffith, Joanne Dru, Tyler McVeg, Ralph Freud.

Director: Steve Sekely. Cast: Ruth Roman, Akim Tamiroff, Othelo Toso, Gianni Glori.

HEAD OF A TYRANT: Universal, 1960. 94m. color
Director: Fernando Cerchio. Cast: Massimo Girotti, Isabelle Corey, Renato Baldini, Yvette Masson.

NOAH'S ARK: Associated Artists, 1957. b/w
NOAH'S ARK (ORIGINAL RELEASE): Warner Brothers, 1928.
Director: Michael Curtiz. Cast: Dolores Costello, George O'Brien, Noah Beery. Sr., Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.

SAMSON AND DELILAH: Paramount, 1959. color
Director: Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Henry Wilcoxon, Olive Deering, Rusty Tamblyn, William Farnum, Julia Faye.

SINS OF JEZEBEL: Lippert, 1953. 74m. color
Director: Reginald Le Borg. Cast: Paulette Goddard, George Nader, John Hoyt, Eduard Franz.

SODOM AND GOMORRAH: 20th Century Fox, 1963. 154m. color
Director: Robert Aldrich. Cast: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker, Rossana Podesta, Anouk Aimee.

SOLOMON AND SHEBA: United Artists, 1959. 139m. color
Director: King Vidor. Cast: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan, David Farrar, Finlay Currie, Harry Andrews, William Devlin.

STORY OF RUTH: 20th Century Fox, 1960. 132m. color
Director: Henry Koster. Cast: Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, Viveca Lindfors, Jeff Morrow, Elena Eden.