the American M. Kurt Goerdelman founded the group Personal Freedom Outreach.
The aims of this group: (1) to educate Christians about
the dangers and heretical doctrines of religious cults; (2) to use the
Gospel of Jesus Christ to reach members of thEse cults and (3) to warn
Christians of unbiblical teachings within the church itself.
On the website of Personal Freedom Outreach, Goerdelman published
the article The tarnished prophet of the 16th century - the legacy of
One of the topics which he discussed in this article was the
psychological warfare of the Nazi's and the Allies, based upon the Centuries.
According to Goerdelman, Hitler used the oracles of Nostradamus to
encourage the success of his military campaigns. Winston Churchill,
England's Prime Minister, and the United States responded by publishing
other predictions of Nostradamus which would fortell Hitler's fall. The
American film company Metro Goldwyn Mayer produced a journal, entitled Nostradamus
says so, which was shown in movie theatres all over the USA during
World War II.
The title Nostradamus says so is also mentioned in The Nostradamus
Encyclopedia (Peter Lemesurier, New York, 1997, page 147).
Lemesurier writes that MGM produced a series of short movies in order to
boost the morale in the USA. In the first of these series, entitled Nostradamus says so,
an edited version of Sixain 15 was presented as a genuine
prediction of Nostradamus.
In Nostradamus - a life
and myth (2003), the American Century-scholar John Hogue
wrote that Goebbels used the Centuries for propaganda. As a
result, Churchill launched counter-propaganda, produced by his own group
of interpreters, and MGM made Nostradamus appear on the silver screen in
order to boost American morale. Hogue did not mention titles of American
films about Nostradamus, produced in World War II.
Lemesurier and Hogue were beside the truth. In the lines below, the
background and chronology of Nostradamus-movies, produced in the United
States in the period 1938-1955 is described.
The American Century-scholar Edgar Leoni wrote that a leading
American publisher decided to re-issue Oracles of
Nostradamus, written in 1891 by the British Century-scholar Charles A.
Ward, because of an increasing number of European publications about
Nostradamus and the war which had begun in 1939. A summary of Ward's
book, published in a pocket-edition, fell into the hands of Carey Wilson
(Philadelphia, May 19, 1889 - Hollywood, February 1, 1962),
the producer of the popular M-G-M Miniatures. Leoni mentioned
four titles of short movies about Nostradamus: Nostradamus, More about
Nostradamus, Further prophecies of Nostradamus en Nostradamus
He did not give the years in which those movies were produced.
The website Internet Movie Database contains information about
more than twenty movies about Nostradamus, the first one produced in
1930. On this website, information can be found about six short movies about
Nostradamus in which Wilson was involved, the first in 1938 and the last in 1955. In 1938, Wilson
wanted to offer his compatriots, who suffered from the economic
depression, amusement by presenting something very unusual. During World
War II, he produced four more movies. Most of them contained
material which was connected with World War
Wilson was involved in the production of seven short movies about
- an historical mystery (1938)
On September 24, 1938, the
English spoken b/w movie Nostradamus was released in the USA.
This film, produced by MGM, had a length of 11 minutes and was directed
by David Miller. The script was credited to Carl Dudley. The narration
was by Carey Wilson.
Nostradamus is the first film in a series of short films by MGM
about Nostradamus. It contains predictions about European monarchs, the
American Revolution in 1776 and the French Revolution in 1789. It also
contains a prediction about an event which will happen in Paris in 1999.
about Nostradamus (1941)
On January 18, 1941, the English spoken b/w movie More about Nostradamus
was released in the USA. Another title of this movie is Carey Wilson's "More about Nostradamus" USA.
This movie was directed by David Miller; the script was credited to Carl
Dudley and Franco-Bruno Averardi. The narration was by Carey Wilson. More about Nostradamus
was nominated for an Oscar for the best one-reel movie.
More about Nostradamus begins with a short biography of
Nostradamus and striking predictions, such as the prediction to a young
priest that later, he would become Pope Sixtus V. Then, the actuality is
discussed. Nostradamus has predicted World
War I. A number of
quatrains are linked to events which lead to World War II.
Another number of quatrains are linked to events which happened during
World War II.
Page 2 of the issue of Tuesday July 6, 1943 of the daily Amigoe
di Curaçao contained the article Nostradamus in "West-End".
According to this article, on July 5, 1943, in West-End, a
cinema in Willemstad, a short movie about
Nostradamus was presented. According to the article, the movie
contained a scene in which Nostradamus kneeled in front of a
young friar, Felix Peretti, and argued that it was but normal to
kneel before His Holyness the Pope. In this movie, attention was
given to the fortune of the League of Nations and to Mussolini,
who was called "Hitler's satellite". It seems quite likely that the movie which was presented in West-End, was More
about Nostradamus. According to an announcement in the
issue of July 5, 1943 of Amigoe de Curaçao, this movie
would be presented on July 5, 6 and 7, at 19:00 and 21:00.
and The Queen (1942)
The English spoken b/w movie Nostradamus and The Queen is
also known under the title Nostradamus and The Queen (Prophecies of
Nostradamus #3) (USA). The narration was by Carey Wilson.
The main theme of this movie is the way the predictions of Nostradamus
re-enforced the rapacious
Catherine de' Medici and the fate of her sons Francis II, Charles IX and
Henry III, who each would rule France.
The summary of the script does not contain references to World War II.
prophecies of Nostradamus (1942)
On May 9, 1942, the English spoken b/w movie Further prophecies of Nostradamus
was released in the USA. Another title of this movie is M-G-M Miniatures No. M-335: Further Prophecies of
Nostradamus (USA). This movie, with a length of 11 minutes, was
directed by David Miller. The script was credited to Carl Dudley. The
narration was by Carey Wilson.
In this movie, a couple of predictions by Nostradamus are linked to
World War II.
On November 9, 1944, the English spoken b/w movie Nostradamus IV was
released in the USA. Nostradamus IV was directed by Paul Burnford
and Cy Endfield and had a length of 11 minutes. The script was written
by De Vallon Scott aka Scott Devallon and Dane Slade. The narration was by Carey
Nostradamus IV starts with the headline "Mussolini Kicked Out". Carey
Wilson emphasized that this prediction by Nostradamus already was
presented in one of his earlier movies about Nostradamus.
The main theme of Nostradamus IV was a "Fossan"-quatrain,
in which Nostradamus according to Wilson foresaw the rise and fall of
In advertising material, it was written that one could see in this movie
that 400 years ago the amazing prophet Nostradamus predicted the rise of
Hitler and how he would meet his end. On the movie poster, a person was
depicted who resembled Hitler and whose throat was cut from behind.
ask Nostradamus - as told by Carey Wilson (1953)
A short b/w movie, produced by MGM. Its subtitle: Prophecies of
Nostradamus #2. The director was Peter Ballbush, the
screenplay was written by Richard H. Landau. The
movie had a length of 10 minutes. The
narration was by Carey Wilson.
In this movie, quatrains are discussed which are linked to the French
Revolution and the death of Louis XVI. Also, quatrains are discussed
which are linked to a coming period of peace in the world which will
last for a long time.
The poster contains elements which also occur in the poster of the
movie Nostradamus - an historical mystery (1938).
says so! (1955)
The English b/w
movie Nostradamus says so! was directed by Richard
H. Landau, who also wrote the script, and had a length of 11 minutes. The narration was by Carey
In Nostradamus says so!, the predictions of Nostradamus are
linked to post-war events such as the coronation of Elizabeth II, the
founding of the United Nations Organization, the Korean war, astronomic
research, tests of
nuclear bombs and trials in the early '50's against communist spies.
Meern, the Netherlands, March 9, 2007
T.W.M. van Berkel
updated on December
p.71-72. Wilson also was an actor and scenario writer. [text]
See http://www.imdb.com/keyword/nostradamus. This
article contains summaries of the descriptions of Nostradamusmovies,
given on the website Internet Movie Database.[text]
name "Fossan" occurs in the quatrains 01-58 (Fossen),
03-96 Fossan) and 07-30 (Foussan). The information
about the script of Nostradamus IV does not make clear which
of these quatrains is at stake. [text]