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DATE: 1944

LENGTH: 27 min.

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Animation, Sound, Black & White

DIRECTOR: Uncredited

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: Paramount Pictures with United States Navy


This film deals with the typical emotional problems suffered by men entering military service and how they should be treated. A sailor suffering from knee pain goes to the base doctor,who finds nothing wrong and refers him to the base psychiatrist. The psychiatrist reassures the sailor and explains how psychosomatic disease arises—in a charming cartoon sequence that gives a Freudian interpretation of how repression and anxiety work in the mental structure and body of an individual.

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