The Historian's Movie Review

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Mar 15, 2015

Horse Feathers (1932) Poster


Duck Soup (1933) Poster


Note: The audio in this episode has been fixed.

In this week's episode of the Historian's Movie Review I look at two classic Marx Brothers films - Duck Soup and Horse Feathers. Topics discussed include The Great Depression, Prohibition, and FDR.



Horse Feathers on IMDB

Duck Soup on IMDB

Duck Soup, Hat Scene

Duck Soup, Mirror Scene

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Podcast Shout-Outs

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Forrest Shaw Benefit Website

Mar 14, 2015


Hi Everyone,

I have a quick survey to see what kinds of movies and content you'd like to hear more of on The Historian's Movie Review.

This survey is only five questions long. If you've got a few seconds please let me know what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


- Nate

Mar 14, 2015


Sorry for the delay, but there will be a new episode this week I promise!

Mar 7, 2015

Dr. Strangelove poster


Continuing my unintentional Cold War series I look at Dr. Strangelove. Topics include how to remove Fidel Castro's beard, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and vital bodily fluids.

Thanks to Reddit user c_mad788 for the episode idea!



Kennedy Cuban Missile Crisis Speech -

Intro, Outro, Interstitial music - "Devil on my Shoulder," The Underscore Orkestra

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Podcast Shout-Out - The Once and Future Nerd -

Mar 1, 2015


I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has downloaded, commented on, shared, and posted about the podcast.

The Historian's Movie Review is only in its third month, but so far the response and support has been tremendous!

If you have suggestions for movies or TV shows I should look at please drop me a line at or @histmovie on twitter.

Thanks again!

- Nate

Feb 28, 2015


[Edit] The audio quality has been fixed on this episode.

In this episode I pay tribute to Mr. Spock -- Leonard Nimoy, and look at the Star Trek Original Series episode "The Omega Glory." Topics discussed include Cold War symbolism in the Star Trek universe.

Warning: This episode contains spoilers


Podcast Shout-Out

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Feb 20, 2015


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The Oscars are this week! So, I talk about the 2005 Oscar nominated film Good Night and Good Luck. Topics covered include Communism, the Red Scare, and the integrity of the modern news media.

I also have a new segment helping to promote two of my new favorite podcasts!

Show Notes:


Books Used:

Reds: McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America, Ted Morgan -

Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism, Bob Edwards -

Intro, Outro, Interstitial Music - "Barbara," US Army Jazz Band -

Podcast Shout-Outs:

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Feb 18, 2015

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Feb 16, 2015



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In this episode I look at two films about Abraham Lincoln - "Young Mr. Lincoln" from 1939 and "Abrabam Lincoln" from 1930. Historical inaccuracies, myths about Lincoln, and bad makeup are discussed.



Young Mr. Lincoln -

Abraham Lincoln -

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals -

Intro Music - "Hail to the Chief," United Staets Navy Band -

Outro Music - "Abe Lincoln," Jetwelder -

Feb 15, 2015


We have a special guest for this episode -- my girlfriend Jess! We talk about hidden histories, Bill Murray being Bill Murray, and how the World War II generation is slowly fading away.




Intro and Outro Music - "What do you do in the Infantry" -  

Smithsonian Monuments Men Site -

The Monuments Men Website -

The Last of the Monuments Men -

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