Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment
|Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment|
French poster under the title Morgan!
|Directed by||Karel Reisz|
|Produced by||Leon Clore|
|Written by||David Mercer|
|Music by||John Dankworth|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|Release dates||27 January 1966 (UK)|
|Running time||97 min.|
Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment (a.k.a. Morgan!) is a 1966 comedy film made by the British Lion Films Corporation. It was directed by Karel Reisz and produced by Leon Clore from a screenplay by David Mercer, based on his BBC television play A Suitable Case for Treatmen (1962), the leading role at that time being played by Ian Hendry.
American actress Morgan Fairchild took her first name from this film.
Morgan Delt is a failed irresponsible leftist artist and son of communist parents who own a fish and chips shop in downmarket London. The film starts off when his terribly upper-class wife Leonie has given up on him and has just secured a divorce in order to marry Charles Napier, an art gallery owner of her own social standing. Given the innately rich and personal world of fantasy he has locked himself into, Morgan goes off the deep end, enacting a series of bizarre stunts in a campaign to win back Leonie, including putting a skeleton in her bed and crashing her wedding dressed as a gorilla, for which scene Reisz borrows clips from the original King Kong film to illustrate Morgan's fantasy world.
Still failing to win her back, Morgan now secures the help of his mother's wrestler friend Wally "The Gorilla" (Arthur Mullard) to kidnap Leonie, who still nurtures residual feelings of love tinged with pity for Morgan, but in the end, Morgan is arrested and committed to an insane asylum. Here, Leonie visits him looking visibly pregnant. With a wink, Leonie tells him he is the child's father. Morgan's eyes and smile light up his sedated face with a malicious twinkle before he returns to tending a flowerbed as the camera pulls out to a longshot of the entire circular flowerbed—with the enclosed flowers arranged into a hammer and sickle.
- David Warner - Morgan Delt
- Vanessa Redgrave - Leonie Delt
- Robert Stephens - Charles Napier
- Irene Handl - Mrs. Delt
- Bernard Bresslaw - Policeman
- Arthur Mullard - Wally
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