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Nostradamus and the Queen (1942)

Approved | | Short | 29 September 1953 (USA)
An old Catherine de Medici reflects back on how the prophecies of Nostradamus accurately predicted the fates of her husband, her three sons and herself.


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Complete credited cast:
Carey Wilson ... Narrator (voice)
Grandon Rhodes ... Michel de Nostradamus
Maria Palmer ... Queen Catherine de Medici


This short focuses on the prophecies of Nostradamus as they relate to Catherine de Medici, who was the wife of Henry II, King of France. She is pleased when she hears that each of her three sons will sit on a throne, but events do not unfold as she expected. Toward the end, the focus shifts to World War II and prophecies about who will be victorious. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

29 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostradamus and the Queen (Prophecies of Nostradamus #3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows Nostradamus (1938) See more »


Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Performed by orchestra
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Knute Rockne, the Golden Dome, the Gipper, 'Touchdown' Jesus........
6 December 2016 | by redryan64See all my reviews

..........AH YES, THESE are all famous legendary bits of the college football lore that come out of South Bend, Indiana; continuing to grow in stature with each passing year and generation! Love 'em or hate 'em, it's the "Fighting Irish" who've carved out an eternal niche in American sporting lore.

OH, WAIT JUST a minute. We thought you said "Notre Dame", not "Nostradamus", sorry!

THIS FILM PROVIDES some very interesting and highly esoteric info about the famous and very unusual man of the 16th century, who made so many incredibly accurate predictions about future occurrences; even some cryptically written that would seem to be referencing the 20th Century. (remember that, anyone?)

AS WE'VE ALREADY stated, the predictions were not straightforward. The author, old Nostradamus, himself, used many an allegory and either metaphor or other egghead types of writing composition in order to make his final draft more crowd-pleasing and seemingly high brow.

BEING THAT THE main character of good buddy Nostra was in fact a real, historical figure, it makes the short and those like it a sort of cinematic primer for the masses. Who knows just how many young minds were opened up to history and stimulated to seek further knowledge following screening this kind of short film along with the Saturday Matinée or the weekly double feature. (How's about seeing an ANDY HARDY along with a TARZAN pic?)

THE MOVIE EVEN has a sub title. It's NOSTRADAMUS AND THE QUEEN (Prophecies of Nostradamus # 3). This proves that even then, sequels were a big deal!

THE STUDIO'S INTEREST in producing such short subjects may well have been a double edged sword. First of all, projects like this were good for providing training and experience for any up and coming, rookie directors. After all, guys like Capra, Ford and Curtiz didn't come out of nowhere.

SECONDLY THE SUBJECT matter was history and therefore educational educational in nature. Ergo, it was a fine example of MGM Studio's selfless concern about the bottom line of profit and of its desire to both uplift and edify the public. Why this might have even made such productions eligible for some tax exemptions. Who knows? It was worth a shot!

BUT NOW GETTING back to our original blunder in confusing this 16th Century, "modern" soothsayer and oracle with our modern day collegiate gridiron Autumn spectacle is unforgivable! But there is a reason for this blunder. although no excuse.

YOU SEE, UNTIL about the age of ten, we had thought that THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME was a football movie!

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