Tag Archives: Gene Kelly

Still from an interview with Kerry Kelly Novick. March 28

On Combat Fatigue Irritability: Kerry Kelly Novick Part III

Last fall, Circulating Now featured a unique film in the NLM’s vast historical audiovisual collection, the World War II U.S. Navy training film Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945), directed by and starring Gene Kelly, who was then a rising Hollywood star. This is the third and final part of a three-part interview with Kerry Kelly Novick, […]

Still from an interview with Kerry Kelly Novick. March 19

On Combat Fatigue Irritability: Kerry Kelly Novick Part II

Last fall, Circulating Now featured a unique film in the NLM’s vast historical audiovisual collection, the World War II U.S. Navy training film Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945), directed by and starring Gene Kelly, who was then a rising Hollywood star. Today, we share Part II of a three-part interview with Kerry Kelly Novick, a practicing […]

Still from an interview with Kerry Kelly Novick. March 12

On Combat Fatigue Irritability: Kerry Kelly Novick

Last fall, Circulating Now featured a unique film in the NLM’s vast historical audiovisual collection, the World War II U.S. Navy training film Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945), directed by and starring Gene Kelly, who was then a rising Hollywood star. Today, we share Part I of a three-part interview with Kerry Kelly Novick, a practicing […]

Gene Kelly, as a troubled seaman, expressing anxiety. September 25

PTSD and Gene Kelly’s Lost Wartime Star Turn

by Michael Sappol Before there was PTSD there was shell shock and combat fatigue and Gene Kelly’s Combat Fatigue Irritability. Combat Fatigue Irritability was made during World War II as a “naval training film” (although, unlike most military training films, there is very little training going on in this film). First screened in 1945, it […]

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