The Original Movie Poster Research Collection 1940-1962

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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".



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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.


ACCURSED: Allied Artists, 1958. 88m. b/w
Director: Michael McCarthy. Cast: Donald Wolfit, Robert Bray, Jane Griffiths.

ADVENTURESS: Eagle Lion, 1947. 98m. b/w
Director: Frank Launder. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, Michael Howard, Norman Shelley, Liam Redmond.

AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD: Columbia, 1952. 98m. b/w
Director: Vincent Sherman. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourlay, Valerie Bethis, Torin Thatcher.

BERLIN CORRESPONDENT: 20th Century Fox, 1942. 70m. b/w
Director: Eugene Forde. Cast: Virginia Gilmore, Dana Andrews, Mona Maris, Martin Kosleck, Sig Rumann.

BIG JIM MCLAIN: Warner Brothers, 1952. 90m. b/w
Director: Edward Ludwig. Cast: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier, Gayne Whitman, Veda Ann Bora.

CAPTAIN CAREY, U.S.A.: Paramount, 1950. 82m. b/w
Director: Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer, Joseph Calleia.

CAPTURE THAT CAPSULE: Riviera, 1961. 75m. b/w
Director: Will Zens. Cast: Richard Miller, Dick O'Neill Richard Jordahl, Pat Bradley.

CASE OF THE RED MONKEY: Allied Artists, 1955. 71m. b/w
Director: Ken Hughes. Cast: Richard Conte, Rona Anderson.

CHARGE OF THE LANCERS: Columbia, 1954. 73m. color
Director: William Castle. Cast: Paulette Goddard, Jean Pierre Aumont.

CLOAK AND DAGGER: Warner Brothers, 1946. 106m. b/w
Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lili Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg, Marjorie Hoshelle.

CLOSE-UP: Marathon, 1948. 72m. b/w
Director: Jack Donohue. Cast: Alan Baxter, Virginia Gilmore, Richard Kollmar.

CONSPIRACY IN TEHERAN: United Artists, 1948. 86m. b/w
Director: William Freshman. Cast: Derek Farr, Marta Labarr, Manning Whiley.

CONSPIRATORS: Warner Brothers, 1944. 100m. b/w
Director: Jean Negulesco. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, Joseph Calleia, Vladimir Sokoloff, Eduard Cianelli.

COUNTER-ESPIONAGE: Columbia, 1942. 73m. b/w
Director: Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Warren William, Eric Blore, Hillary Brooke.

COUNTERSPY MEETS SCOTLAND YARD: Columbia, 1950. 67m. b/w
Director: Seymour Friedman. Cast: Howard St. John, Amanda Blake, Ron Randell, June Vincent.

Director: Edward L. Cahn. Cast: James Craig, Signe Hasso, Edmund Gwenn, Audrey Totter, Mabel Withers.

DANGEROUSLY THEY LIVE: Warner Brothers, 1942. 77m. b/w
Director: Robert Florey. Cast: John Garfield, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey, Moroni Olsen.

DAVID HARDING, COUNTERSPY: Columbia, 1950. 70m. b/w
Director: Ray Nazarro. Cast: Willard Parker, Audrey Long, Raymond Greenleaf, Howard St. John.

DECISION BEFORE DAWN: 20th Century Fox, 1951. 119m. b/w
Director: Anatole Litvak. Cast: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hidegarde Neff, O.E. Hasse, Wilfried Seyfert, Hans Christian Blech, Dominique Blanchard.

DIPLOMATIC COURIER: 20th Century Fox, 1952. 97m. b/w
Director: Henry Hathaway. Cast: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally, Hildegarde Neff, Karl Malden, James Millican, Stefan Schnabel.

ESCAPE FROM HONG KONG: Realart, 1952. b/w
Director: William Nigh. Cast: Leo Carrillo, Andy Devine, Marjorie Lord, Don Terry.

FIVE FINGERS: 20th Century Fox, 1952. 108m. b/w
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden, John Wangraf, Herbert Berghof.

FLAME OF STAMBOUL: Columbia, 1950. 68m. b/w
Director: Ray Nazarro. Cast: Richard Denning, Lisa Ferraday, Norman Lloyd, George Zucco.

FLIGHT TO NOWHERE: Screen Guild, 1946. 79m. b/w
Director: William Rowland. Cast: Alan Curtis, Evelyn Ankers, Micheline Cheirel, Jack Holt, Jerome Cowan, Hoot Gibson.

FOREIGN INTRIGUE: United Artists, 1956. 100m. b/w
Director: Sheldon Reynolds. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Genevieve Page, Ingrid Tulean, Frederick O'Brady, Jean Galland.

FORTY NINTH MAN: Columbia, 1953. 73m. b/w
Director: Fred F. Sears. Cast: John Ireland, Richard Denning, Suzanne Dalbert.

FOXHOLE IN CAIRO: Paramount, 1961. 80m. b/w
Director: John Moxey. Cast: James Robertson Justice, Adrian Hoven, Niall MacGinnis, Robert Urquhart, Gloria Mestre, Albert Lieven, Peter VanEyck

GORILLA MAN: Warner Brothers, 1942. 64m. b/w
Director: D. Ross Lederman. Cast: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Paul Cavanagh, John Abbott, Marian Hall.

GREAT IMPERSONATION: Universal, 1942. 70m. b/w
Director: John Rawlins. Cast: Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, Kaaren Verne, Edward Norris, Charles Coleman, Henry Daniell.

HIGHLY DANGEROUS: Lippert, 1951. 90m. b/w
Director: Roy Baker. Cast: Dane Clark, Margaret Lockwood, Marius Goring, Wilfred Hyde-White.

HOUSE OF INTRIGUE: Allied Artists, 1959. 94m. color
Director: Duilio Coletti. Cast: Curt Jurgens, Dawn Addams, Folco Lulli.

IRON CURTAIN: 20th Century Fox, 1948. 87m. b/w
Director: William A. Wellman. Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, June Havoc, Berry Kroeger, Edna Best.

JEWELS OF BRANDENBURG: 20th Century Fox, 1947. 64m. b/w
Director: Eugene Forde. Cast: Richard Travis, Micheline Cheirel, Leonard Strong, Carol Thurston.

JOE SMITH, AMERICAN: MGM, 1942. 63m. b/w
Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Robert Young, Marsha Hunt, Darryl Hickman, Harvey Stephens.

LADY HAS PLANS: Paramount, 1942. 77m. b/w
Director: Sidney Lanfield. Cast: Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Roland Young, Albert Dekker, Margaret Hayes, Cecil Kellaway.

LITTLE TOKYO, U.S.A.: 20th Century Fox, 1942. 64m. b/w
Director: Otto Brower. Cast: Preston Foster, Brenda Joyce, June Duprez, George E. Stone, Harold Huber, Don Douglas.

MAN BETWEEN: United Artists, 1953. 100m. b/w
Director: Carol Reed. Cast: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegarde Neff, Geoffrey Toone.

MAN HUNT: 20th Century Fox, 1941. 105m. b/w
Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall.

MAN ON A STRING: Columbia, 1960. 92m. b/w
Director: Andre De Toth. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Kerwin Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby.

MAN WHO NEVER WAS: 20th Century Fox, 1956. 103m. color
Director: Ronald Neame. Cast: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd.

MASSACRE IN THE ORIENT: Realart, 1951. b/w
Director: Lewis D. Collins. Cast: Leo Carrillo, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Don Terry, Louise Allbritton.

MASTER PLAN: Astor, 1955. 78m. b/w
Director: Hugh Raker. Cast: Wayne Morris, Norman Wooland, Tilda Thamar.

MISTER V: United Artists, 1942. 120m. b/w
Director: Leslie Howard. Cast: Leslie Howard, Mary Morris, Francis L. Sullivan, Hugh McDermott, Mary Morris.

NIGHTMARE: Universal, 1942. 81m. b/w
Director: Tim Whelan. Cast: Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, Henry Daniell, Gavin Muir, Arthur Shields.

O.S.S.: Paramount, 1946. 105m. b/w
Director: Irving Pichel. Cast: Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, John Hoyt.

Director: Jean Sacha. Cast: Magali Noel, Ivan Desny, Yves Vincent, Danik Patisson.

ODETTE: United Artists, 1951. 124m. b/w
Director: Herbert Wilcox. Cast: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov.

PROJECT X: Film Classics, 1949. 60m. b/w
Director: Edward J. Montagne. Cast: Keith Andes, Rita Colton, Jack Lord.

RENDEZVOUS TWENTY-FOUR: 20th Century Fox, 1946. 70m. b/w
Director: James Tinling. Cast: William Gargan, Pat O'Moore, Maria Palmer.

SCARLET COAT: MGM, 1955. 101m. color
Director: John Sturges. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, Anne Francis, George Sanders, Robert Douglas, John McIntire.

SECRET COMMAND: Columbia, 1944. 82m. b/w
Director: Eddie Sutherland. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Carole Landis, Chester Morris, Ruth Warrick, Barton MacLane.

SECRET VENTURE: Republic, 1955. 70m. b/w
Director: R.G. Springsteen. Cast: Kent Taylor, Jane Hylton, Kathleen Byron, Karel Stepanek.

SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD: Republic, 1944. 68m. b/w
Director: George Blair. Cast: Edgar Barrier, Stephanie Bachelor, C. Aubrey Smith, Lionel Atwill, Henry Stephenson.

SECURITY RISK: Allied Artists, 1954. 69m. b/w
Director: Harold Schuster. Cast: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Keith Larsen, Dolores Donlon.

Director: Edward Dmytryk. Cast: James Craig, Bonita Granville, Frank Jenks, Cliff Edwards.

SHANGHAI STORY: Republic, 1954. 90m. b/w
Director: Frank Lloyd. Cast: Ruth Roman, Edmond O'Brien, Richard Jaeckel.

SKY LINER: Lippert, 1949. 61m. b/w
Director: William Berke. Cast: Richard Travis, Pamela Blake, Rochelle Hudson.

SOFIA: Film Classics, 1948. 82m. color
Director: John Reinhardt. Cast: Gene Raymond, Sigrid Gurie, Patricia Morrison, Mischa Auer.

SPY HUNT: Universal, 1950. 74m. b/w
Director: George Sherman. Cast: Howard Duff, Marta Toren, Philip Friend, Robert Douglas, Philip Dorn, Walter Slezak.

SPY RING: Realart, 1949. b/w
Director: Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Jane Wyman, William Hall, Leon Ames.

SPY SHIP: Warner Brothers, 1942. 62m. b/w
Director: B. Reeves Eason. Cast: Craig Stevens, Irene Manning.

SPY TRAIN: Monogram, 1943. 61m. b/w
Director: Harold Young. Cast: Richard Travis, Catherine Craig, Chick Chandler.

STOPOVER TOKYO: 20th Century Fox, 1957. 100m. color
Director: Richard L. Breen. Cast: Robert Wagner, Joan Collins, Edmond O'Brien.

STRANGER'S HAND: DCA, 1955. 85m. b/w
Director: Mario Soldati. Cast: Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Richard Basehart, Eduardo Cianelli.

TANGIER: Universal, 1946. 74m. b/w
Director: George Waggner. Cast: Maria Montez, Robert Paige, Sabu, Preston Foster, Louise Allbritton.

TANGIER: Realart, 1950. b/w
Director: George Waggner. Cast: Maria Montez, Sabu, Robert Paige, Preston Foster, Louise Allbritton.

THEY CAME TO BLOW UP AMERICA: 20th Century Fox, 1943. 73m. b/w
Director: Edward Ludwig. Cast: George Sanders, Anna Sten, Ward Bond, Dennis Hoey, Sig Ruman.

THIEF: United Artists, 1952. 85m. b/w
Director: Russell Rouse. Cast: Ray Milland, Martin Gabel, Rita Gam.

TOKYO FILE TWO TWELVE: RKO, 1951. 84m. b/w
Director: Dorrell McGowan. Cast: Florence Marly, Robert Peyton.

UNDERCOVER AGENT: Lippert, 1953. 68m. b/w
Director: Vernon Sewell. Cast: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Hermoine Baddeley.

UNDERCOVER SPY: Republic, 1950. b/w
Director: R.G. Springsteen. Cast: Robert Rockwell, Hanne Axman, Betty Lou Gerson, Barbara Fuller, Shepard Menken.

WALK A CROOKED MILE: Columbia, 1948. 91m. b/w
Director: Gordon Douglas. Cast: Louis Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, Louise Allbritton, Carl Esmond, Onslow Stevens, Raymond Burr.

WALK EAST ON BEACON: Columbia, 1952. 98m. b/w
Director: Alfred Werker. Cast: George Murphy, Finlay Currie, Virginia Gilmore.

YELLOW CANARY: RKO, 1944. 84m. b/w
Director: Herbert Wilcox. Cast: Anna Neagle, Richard Greene, Nova Pilbeam.