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.


ABOUT MRS. LESLIE: Paramount, 1954. 104m. b/w
Director: Daniel Mann. Cast: Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan, Marjie Millar, Alex Nicol.

AFFAIR IN MONTE CARLO: Allied Artists, 1953. 90m. color
Director: Victor Saville. Cast: Merle Oberon, Richard Todd, Leo Genn.

AFFAIR TO REMEMBER: 20th Century Fox, 1957. 115m. color
Director: Leo McCarey. Cast: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Cathleen Nesbitt.

Director: Roy Rowland. Cast: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Mary Jo Tarola, Monica Lewis, Jane Darwell.

ALMOST MARRIED: Universal, 1942. 65m. b/w
Director: Charles Lamont. Cast: Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Eugene Pallette, Elizabeth Patterson.

ARMY WIVES: Monogram, 1944. 68m. b/w
Director: Phil Rosen. Cast: Elyse Knox, Marjorie Rambeau, Rick Vallin.

BECAUSE OF YOU: Universal, 1952. 95m. b/w
Director: Joseph Pevney. Cast: Loretta Young, Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Frances Dee, Alexander Scourby, Mae Clarke, Lynne Roberts.

BEST OF EVERYTHING: 20th Century Fox, 1959. 122m. color
Director: Jean Negulesco. Cast: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer, Diane Baker, Brian Aherne, Robert Evans, Joan Crawford, Louis Jourdan, Donald Harron.

BETWEEN TIME AND ETERNITY: Universal, 1960. 98m. color
Director: Arthur Maria Rebenalt. Cast: Lilli Palmer, Willy Birgel.

BIRD OF PARADISE: 20th Century Fox, 1951. 101m. color
Director: Delmer Daves. Cast: Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget, Jeff Chandler, Everett Sloane, Maurice Schwartz, Jack Elam.

BLUE VEIL: RKO, 1951. 113m. b/w
Director: Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson, Agnes Moorehead, Don Taylor, Natalie Wood, Audrey Totter, Everett Sloane, Cyril Cusack, Vivian Vance.

CASH MCCALL: Warner Brothers, 1960. 102m. color
Director: Joseph Pevney. Cast: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger, E.G. Marshall, Henry Jones, Otto Kruger.

CERTAIN SMILE: 20th Century Fox, 1958. 105m. color
Director: Jean Negulesco. Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Joan Fontaine, Bradford Dillman, Christine Carere, Johnny Mathis, Eduard Franz.

CRY FOR HAPPY: Columbia, 1960. 110m. color
Director: George Marshall. Cast: Glenn Ford, Donald O'Connor, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki, Milko Taka.

CRY FREEDOM: Parallel, 1961. 93m. b/w
Director: Lamberto V. Avellana. Cast: Pancho Magalona, Rosa Rosal.

DIAMOND QUEEN: Warner Brothers, 1953. 80m. color
Director: John Brahm. Cast: Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl, Gilbert Roland, Sheldon Leonard.

DON JUAN'S NIGHT OF LOVE: Republic, 1955. b/w
Director: Mario Soldati. Cast: Raf Vallone, Sivana Pampanini, Michele Philippe.

ELEPHANT WALK: Paramount, 1954. 102m. color
Director: William Dieterle. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch.

FOR THE LOVE OF MARY: Universal, 1948. 90m. b/w
Director: Frederick De Cordova. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Edmund O'Brien, Don Taylor, Jeffrey Lynn, Ray Collins, Harry Davenport, Hugo Haas.

FOREIGN AFFAIR: Paramount, 1948. 116m. b/w
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, Millard Mitchell, Peter Von Zenneck.

GOODBYE AGAIN: United Artists, 1961. 120m. b/w
Director: Anatole Litvak. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins.

GREEN FIRE: MGM, 1954. 100m. color
Director: Andrew Marton. Cast: Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas, John Ericson.

HER FIRST ROMANCE: Columbia, 1951. 72m. b/w
Director: Seymour Friedman. Cast: Margaret O'Brien, Allen Martin, Jr., Jimmy Hunt.

HER SISTER'S SECRET: PRC, 1946. 86m. b/w
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Nancy Coleman, Maragret Lindsay, Philip Reed, Felix Bressart, Regis Toomey.

HERE COMES HAPPINESS: Warner Brothers, 1941. 56m. b/w
Director: Noel M. Smith. Cast: Mildred Coles, Edward Norris, Richard Ainley, Russell Hicks.

HERS TO HOLD: Universal, 1943. 93m. b/w
Director: Frank Ryan. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Joseph Cotton, Charles Winninger, Evelyn Ankers.

HI BEAUTIFUL: Universal, 1944. 64m. b/w
Director: Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Martha O'Driscoll, Noah Beery, Jr., Walter Catlett, Hattie McDaniel, Grady Sutton.

HOLIDAY FOR LOVERS: 20th Century Fox, 1959. 103m. color
Director: Henry Levin. Cast: Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John, Carol Lynley, Paul Henried, Gary Crosby, Jose Greco.

HOT BLOOD: Columbia, 1956. 85m. color
Director: Nicholas Ray. Cast: Jane Russell, Cornel Wilde, Luther Adler, Joseph Calleia.

I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING: Universal, 1947. 91m. b/w
Director: Michael Powell. Cast: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Pamela Brown, Finlay Currie.

I'LL BE SEEING YOU: United Artists, 1944. 83m. b/w
Director: William Dieterle. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Tom Tully, Chill Wills.

INTERNS: Columbia, 1962. 130m. b/w
Director: David Swift. Cast: Michael Callan, Cliff Robertson, James MacArthur, Nick Adams, Suzy Parker, Haya Harareet, Anne Helm, Buddy Ebsen, Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers.

INVITATION: MGM, 1952. 84m. b/w
Director: Gottfried Reinhardt. Cast: Van Johnson, Dorothy McGuire, Ruth Roman, Louis Calhern, Ray Collins.

ISLAND OF DESIRE: RKO, 1952. 102m. color
Director: Stuart Heisler. Cast: Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray.

KENTUCKY: 20th Century Fox, 1951. color
KENTUCKY (ORIGINAL RELEASE): 20th Century Fox, 1938.
Director: David Butler. Cast: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan, Douglas Dumbrille, Karen Morley, Moroni Olsen.

KING OF THE LUMBERJACKS: Warner Brothers, 1940. 58m. b/w
Director: William Clemens. Cast: John Payne, Gloria Dickson, Stanley Field.

KING OF THE NEWSBOYS: Republic, 1938. 65m. b/w
Director: Bernard Vorhaus. Cast: Lew Ayres, Helen Mack, Alison Skipworth.

KISS OF FIRE: Universal, 1955. 87m. color
Director: Joseph M. Newman. Cast: Jack Palance, Barbara Rush, Rex Reason, Martha Hyer, Alan Reed, Leslie Bradley.

LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE: Warner Brothers, 1958. 93m. b/w
Director: William A. Wellman. Cast: Tab Hunter, Etchika Choureau, Bill Wellman, Jr

LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING: 20th Century Fox, 1955. 102m. color
Director: Henry King. Cast: William Holden, Jennifer Jones.

MAGNIFICENT ROUGHNECKS: Allied Artists, 1956. 73m. b/w
Director: Sherman A. Rose. Cast: Jack Carson, Mickey Rooney, Nancy Gates, Jeff Donnell.

MY FOOLISH HEART: RKO, 1949. 98m. b/w
Director: Mark Robson. Cast: Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith, Lois Wheeler.

MY REPUTATION: Warner Brothers, 1946. 94m. b/w
Director: Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson, Lucille Watson, Eva Arden, John Ridgely.

OUTCASTS OF THE CITY: Republic, 1958. 61m. b/w
Director: Boris L. Petroff. Cast: Osa Massen, Robert Hutton, Maria Palmer.

PLEASE BELIEVE ME: MGM, 1950. 87m. b/w
Director: Norman Taurog. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens, Peter Lawford, James Whitmore, J. Carrol Naish, Spring Byinton,

PORTRAIT OF JENNIE: Vanguard, 1949. 86m. b/w/ color
Director: William Dieterle. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne.

RETURN TO PARADISE: United Artists, 1953. 100m. color
Director: Mark Robson. Cast: Gary Cooper, Barry Jones, Roberta Haynes, John Hudson, Moira MacDonald.

ROMAN HOLIDAY: Paramount, 1953. 118m. b/w
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert.

ROSEANNA MCCOY: RKO, 1949. 100m. b/w
Director: Irving Reis. Cast: Farley Granger, Charles Bickford, Raymond Massey, Joan Evans, Richard Basehart, Gigi Perreau, Aline MacMahon.

TERESA: MGM, 1951. 102m. b/w
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Pier Angeli, John Ericson, Patricia Collinge, Peggy Ann Garner, Ralph Meeker, Richard Bishop, Rod Steiger.

TEXAS, BROOKLYN AND HEAVEN: United Artists, 1948. 76m. b/w
Director: William Castle. Cast: Guy Madison, Diana Lynn, James Dunn.

THAT KIND OF WOMAN: Paramount, 1959. 92m. b/w
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Sophia Loren, Tab Hunter, Jack Warden, Barbara Nichols, Keenan Wynn, George Sanders.

THREE LITTLE SISTERS: Republic, 1944. 69m. b/w
Director: Joseph Santley. Cast: Mary Lee, Ruth Terry, Cheryl Walker.

THREE STRIPES IN THE SUN: Columbia, 1955. 93m. b/w
Director: Richard Murphy. Cast: Aldo Ray, Phil Carey, Dick York, Mitsuko Kimura.

TOO YOUNG TO KNOW: Warner Brothers, 1945. 86m. b/w
Director: Fredrick De Cordova. Cast: Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Dolores Moran, Harry Davenport, Rosemary DeCamp.

TOP OF THE WORLD: United Artists, 1955. 90m. b/w
Director: Lewis R. Foster. Cast: Dale Robertson, Evelyn Keyes, Frank Lovejoy, Nancy Gates.

UNTAMED: 20th Century Fox, 1955. 111m. color
Director: Henry King. Cast: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan, Agnes Moorehead, Rita Moreno, Hope Emerson, John Justin.

VACATION DAYS: Monogram, 1947. 68m. b/w
Director: Arthur Dreifuss. Cast: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Frankie Darro.

WEST POINT WIDOW: Paramount, 1941. 63m. b/w
Director: Robert Siodmak. Cast: Anne Shirley, Richard Carlson, Richard Denning.

YOU BELONG TO ME: Columbia, 1941. 94m. b/w
Director: Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Edgar Buchanan, Roger Clark, Ruth Donnelly, Melville Cooper.