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.


ALLIGATOR PEOPLE: 20th Century Fox, 1959. 73m. b/w
Director: Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney, Jr., George Macready.

BACK FROM THE DEAD: 20th Century Fox, 1957. 78m. b/w
Director: Charles Marquis Warren. Cast: Peggie Castle, Arthur Franz, Marsha Hunt, Don Haggerty.

BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE: Filmgroup, 1959. 65m. b/w
Director: Monte Hellman. Cast: Michael Forest, Shelia Carol, Frank Wolf.

BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS: Warner Brothers, 1953. 80m. b/w
Director: Eugene Lourie. Cast: PaulChristian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Jack Pennick, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef, Steve Brodie.

BLACK SCORPION: Warner Brothers, 1957. 85m. b/w
Director: Edward Ludwig. Cast: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas.

BLOOD AND ROSES: Paramount, 1961. 87m. color
Director: Roger Vadim. Cast: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Vadim.

BLOODLUST: Crown, 1961. 89m. b/w
Director: Ralph Brooke. Cast: Wilton Graff, Lilyan Chauvin, Robert Reed.

BRIDE AND THE BEAST: Allied Artists, 1958. 78m. b/w
Director: Adrian Weiss. Cast: Lance Fuller, Charlotte Austin.

BUCKET OF BLOOD: American International Pictures, 1959. 66m. b/w
Director: Roger Corman. Cast: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone.

CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER: Allied Artists, 1959.76m. b/w
Director: Robert Hampton. Cast: John Merivale, Didi Dullivan, Gerard Herter, Daniela Rocca.

CAT PEOPLE: RKO, 1942. 73m. b/w
Director: Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Simone Simon, Jane Randolph, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jack Holt.

CIRCUS OF HORRORS: American International Pictures, 1960. 88m. color
Director: Sidney Hayers. Cast: Anton Differing, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence

COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK: Paramount, 1958. 70m. b/w
Director: Eugene Lourie. Cast: John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin.

CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA: Filmgroup, 1961. 63m. b/w
Director: Roger Corman. Cast: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland.

CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN: Columbia, 1955. 69m. b/w
Director: Edward L. Cahn. Cast: Richard Denning, Angela Stevens.

CREEPING UNKNOWN: United Artists, 1956. 78m. b/w
Director: Val Guest. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Margia Dean, Jack Warner.

DEVIL'S HAND: Crown-International, 1961. 71m. b/w
Director: William J. Hole, Jr. Cast: Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Neil Hamilton, Ariadne Welter.

DISEMBODIED: Allied Artists, 1957. 65m. b/w
Director: Walter Grauman. Cast: Paul Burke, Allison Hayes.

DR. RENAULT'S SECRET: 20th Century Fox, 58m. b/w
Director: Harry Lachman. Cast: J. Carroll Naish, John Shepperd, Lynne Roberts, George Zucco.

FLY: 20th Century Fox, 1958. 94m. color
Director: Kurt Neumann. Cast: AL "David" Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall.

FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE: United Artists, 1959. 70m. b/w
Director: Edward L. Cahn. Cast: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Henry Daniell.

GHOST SHIP: RKO, 1943. 69m. b/w
Director: Mark Robson. Cast: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Edmund Glover.

HOMICIDAL: Columbia, 1961. 87m. b/w
Director: William Castle. Cast: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Jean Arless.

HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM: American International Pictures, 1959. 94m. color
Director: Arthur Crabtree. Cast: Michael Gough, June Cunningham.

HOUSE OF FRIGHT: American International Pictures, 1961. 80m. color
Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee.

HOUSE OF THE DAMNED: 20th Century Fox, 1963. 63m. b/w
Director: Maury Dexter. Cast: Ronald Foster, Merry Anders.

HOUSE OF WAX: Warner Brothers, 1953. 90m. color 3D
Director: Andre De Toth. Cast: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni.

HYPNOTIC EYE: Allied Artists, 1960. 77m. b/w
Director: George Blair. Cast: Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Allison Hayes, Joe Patridge, Marcia Henderson.

INNOCENTS: 20th Century Fox, 1961. 99m. b/w
Director: Jack Clayton. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin.

LADY AND THE MONSTER: Republic, 1949. b/w
Director: George Sherman. Cast: Vera Hruba Ralston, Richard Arlen, Erich Von Strotheim, Sidney Blackmer.

LEECH WOMAN: Universal, 1960. 77m. b/w
Director: Edward Dein. Cast: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Gloria Talbott, Phillip Terry.

LIVING GHOST: Monogram, 1942. 61m. b/w
Director: William Beaudine. Cast: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury.

MACABRE: Allied Artists, 1958. 73m. b/w
Director: William Castle. Cast: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White.

MAD MAGICIAN: Columbia, 1954. 72m. b/w
Director: John Brahm. Cast: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery.

MAD MONSTER: PRC, 1942. 77m. b/w
Director: Sam Newfield. Cast: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel.

MAN IN HALF MOON STREET: Paramount, 1944. 92m. b/w
Director: Ralph Murphy. Cast: Nils Asther, Helen Walker, Reinhold Schunzel.

MAN IN THE ATTIC: 20th Century Fox, 1953. 82m. b/w
Director: Hugo Fregonese. Cast: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Rhys Williams, Francis Bavier.

MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE: Columbia, 1957. 80m. b/w
Director: Leslie Kardos. Cast: Victor Jory, Ann Doran, Charlotte Austin.

MAZE: Allied Artists, 1953. 81m. b/w
Director: William Cameron Menzies. Cast: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery.

MONSTER MAKER: PRC, 1944. 62m. b/w
Director: Sam Newfield. Cast: J. Carroll Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell, Wanda McKay.

MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS: Film Service, 1959. 71m. b/w
Director: Irvin Berwick. Cast: Jeanne Carmen, Les Tremayne, John Harmon, Forrest Lewis.

MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE: Columbia, 1961. 82m. color
Director: Allan Dwan. Cast: Ron Randell, Debra Paget, Elaine Stewart, Anthony Caruso.

MUMMY'S GHOST: Realart, ND. b/w
Director: Reginald LeBorg. Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Ramsey Ames, Barton MacLane, Robert Lowery, George Zucco.

MY WORLD DIES SCREAMING: Howco, 1958. 81m. b/w
Director: Harold Daniels. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Kathy O'Donnell, William Ching, John Qualen.

NEANDERTHAL MAN: United Artists, 1953. 78m. b/w
Director: E. A. Dupont. Cast: Robert Shayne, Richard Crane, Doris Merrick, Joyce Terry.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: United Artists, 1955. 93m. b/w
Director: Charles Laughton. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce.

OKEFENOKEE: Film Service, 1959. 78m. b/w
Director: Roul Haig. Cast: Peter Coe, Henry Brandon, Peggy Maley.

PARANOIAC: Universal, 1963. 80m. b/w
Director: Freddie Francis. Cast: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Shelia Burrell, Alexander Davion.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Realart, 1959. color
Director: Arthur Lubin. Cast: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Leo Carrillo, Edgar Barrier, J. Edward Bromberg.

PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE: Warner Brothers, 1954. 83m. color/3-D
Director: Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest.

PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY: MGM, 1945. 110m. b/w / color
Director: Albert Lewin. Cast: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser, Reginald Owen.

PIT AND THE PENDULUM: American International Pictures, 1961. 85m. color
Director: Roger Corman. Cast: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders.

RETURN OF THE FLY: 20th Century Fox, 1959. 80m. b/w
Director: Edward L. Bernds. Cast: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, John Sutton, David Frankham.

REVENGE OF THE CREATURE: Universal, 1955. 82m. b/w
Director: Jack Arnold. Cast: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield, Nestor Paiva.

SEVENTH VICTIM: RKO, 1943. 71m. b/w
Director: Mark Robson. Cast: Hugh Beaumont, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter.

SHE DEVIL: 20th Century Fox, 1957. 77m. b/w
Director: Kurt Neumann. Cast: Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Albert Dekker.

STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY: Columbia, 1960. 80m. b/w
Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Crunikshank.

TERROR IS A MAN: Valliant, 1959. 89m. b/w
Director: Gerry De Leon. Cast: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr.

THIRTEEN GHOSTS: Columbia, 1960. 85m. color/ b/w
Director: William Castle. Cast: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary De Camp, Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton.

TINGLER: Columbia, 1959. 80m. b/w
Director: William Castle. Cast: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts.

TORMENTED: Allied Artists, 1960. 75m. b/w
Director: Bert I. Gordon. Cast: Richard Carlson, Juli Reding, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders, Joe Turkel.

TOWER OF LONDON: United Artists, 1962. 79m. b/w
Director: Roger Corman. Cast: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Justice Watson, Charles McCaulay.

UNINVITED: Paramount, 1944. 98m. b/w
Director: Lewis Allen. Cast: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Gail Russel.

VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES: Republic, 1946. 56m. b/w
Director: Phillip Ford. Cast: Robert Livingston, Adrian Booth, Ian Keith.

VAMPIRE'S GHOST: Republic, 1946. 56m. b/w
Director: Lesley Selander. Cast: John Abbott, Charles Gordon, Peggy Stewart, Grant Withers, Adele Mara.

VOODOO WOMAN: American International Pictures, 1957. 77m. color
Director: Edward L. Cahn. Cast: Marla English, Tom Conway, Touch Connors.

WEREWOLF: Columbia, 1956. 83m. b/w
Director: Fred F. Sears. Cast: Don Megowan, Joyce Holden, Steven Ritch.

WOMAN EATER: Columbia, 1959. 70m. b/w
Director: Charles Saunders. Cast: George Coulouris, Vera Day.

WOMAN IN WHITE: Warner Brothers, 1948. 109m. b/w
Director: Peter Godfrey. Cast: Eleanor Parker, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Gig Young, Agnes Moorehead, John Emery, John Abbott.

WOMAN WHO CAME BACK: Columbia, 1945. 68m. b/w
Director: Walter Colmes. Cast: John Loder, Nancy Kelly, Otto Kruger.

ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU: Columbia, 1957. 70m. b/w
Director: Edward Cahn. Cast: Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, Autumn Russell.