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
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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".



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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.


ALADDIN AND HIS LAMP: Monogram, 1952. 67m. color
Director: Lew Landers. Cast: Patricia Medina, John Sands.

ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY: RKO, 1941. 107m. b/w
Director: William Dieterle. Cast: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, Gene Lockhart, James Craig, John Qualen, Frank Conlan, Anne Shirley, H.B. Warner.

ARABIAN NIGHTS: Universal, 1942. 86m. color
Director: John Rawlins. Cast: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Turhan Bey, John Qualen, Shemp Howard, Thomas Gomez.

BEYOND TOMORROW: RKO, 1940. 81m. b/w
Director: A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: Jean Parker, C. Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey, Richard Carlson, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, Helen Vinson.

COBRA WOMAN: Film Classics, 1949. color
Director: Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu.

DINOSAURUS: Universal, 1960. 85m. color
Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr. Cast: Ward Ramsey, Kristina Hanson, Paul Lukather.

FIVE THOUSAND FINGERS OF DR.T: Columbia, 1953. 89m. color
Director: Roy Rowland. Cast: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig.

FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE: 20th Century Fox, 1950. 92m. b/w
Director: George Seaton. Cast: Clifton Webb, Joan Bennett, Robert Cummings, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Blondell, Gigi Perreau, Jack LaRue, Tommy Rettig, Henry von Zell.

HERE COMES MR. JORDAN: Columbia, 1941. 93m. b/w
Director: Alexander Hall. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, James Gleason, Edward Everett Horton, Rita Johnson, John Emery.

LAND UNKOWN: Universal, 1957. 78m. b/w
Director: Virgil Vogel. Cast: Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith, William Reynolds.

LAST DAYS OF POMPEII: United Artists, 1960. 103m. color
Director: Mario Bonnard. Cast: Steve Reeves, Cristina Kaufmann, Barbara Carroll.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: Murray, 1963. 85m. color
Director: Roberto Rodriguez. Cast: Maria Gracia, Manuel Valdes.

LOVE SLAVES OF THE AMAZONS: Universal, 1957. 81m. color
Director: Curt Siodmak. Cast: Don Taylor, Gianna Segale, Eduardo Ciannelli.

RETURN OF OCTOBER: Columbia, 1948. 98m. color
Director: Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Glenn Ford, Terry Moore, James Gleason, Dame May Whitty, Henry O'Neill, Albert Sharpe, Samuel S. Hinds.

ROOGIE'S BUMP: Republic, 1954. 71m. b/w
Director: Harold Young. Cast: Robert Marriot, Ruth Warrick, Robert Simon, William Harrigan, Olive Blakeney, Roy Campenella, Billy Loes, Russ Meyer.

SATELLITE IN THE SKY: Warner Brothers, 1956. 84m. color
Director: Paul Dickson. Cast: Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Donald Wolfit, Bryan Forbes.

SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: Columbia, 1958. 87m. color
Director: Nathan Juran. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher.

SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES: 20th Century Fox, 1961. 107m. color
Director: Walter Lang. Cast: Carol Heiss, Edson Stroll, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, "Curly" Joe DeRita, Patricia Medina.

THIEF OF BAGHDAD: MGM, 1961. 90m. color
Director: Arthur Lubin. Cast: Steve Reeves, Georgia Moll, Arturo Dominici.

THREE WISE FOOLS: MGM, 1946. 90m. b/w
Director: Edward Buzzell. Cast: Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Edward Arnold, Thomas Mitchell, Ray Collins, Jane Darwell, Henry O'Neill, Cyd Charisse.

THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER: Columbia, 1960. 98m. color
Director: Jack Sher. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Basil Sydney, Gregoire Aslan.

TOBOR THE GREAT: Republic, 1954. 77m. b/w
Director: Lee Sholem. Cast: Charles Drake, Karin Booth, Billy Chapin, Taylor Holmes.

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: MGM, 1960. 77m. b/w
Director: Wolf Rilla. Cast: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn.

WIZARD OF BAGHDAD: 20th Century Fox, 1960. 92m. color
Director: George Sherman. Cast: Dick Shawn, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, John Van Dreelen, William Edmonson.