Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment

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Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment
Morgan poster french 20k.jpg
French poster under the title Morgan!
Directed by Karel Reisz
Produced by Leon Clore
Written by David Mercer
Starring David Warner
Vanessa Redgrave
Robert Stephens
Irene Handl
Bernard Bresslaw
Music by John Dankworth
Cinematography Larry Pizer
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release date(s) 27 January 1966 (UK)
Running time 97 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1]

The film stars David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave and Robert Stephens with Irene Handl and Bernard Bresslaw.

The eponymous hero is working-class artist Morgan Delt (David Warner), obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas, who tries to stop his ex-wife (Vanessa Redgrave) from remarrying.

Plot summary[edit]

Morgan Delt (David Warner) is a failed irresponsible leftist artist and son of communist parents who own a fish and chips shop in downmarket London. His upper-class wife, Leonie (Vanessa Redgrave), has given up on him and has just secured a divorce in order to marry Charles Napier (Robert Stephens), an art gallery owner of her own social standing. Given the innately rich and personal world of fantasy Morgan has locked himself into, he goes off the deep end. He performs a series of bizarre stunts in a campaign to win back Leonie, including putting a skeleton in Leonie's bed, blowing up her bed as Leonie's mother is on it, 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. However, 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.

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Reception[edit]

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Vanessa Redgrave) and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Jocelyn Rickards).

The film was also nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and Redgrave was awarded Best Actress.[2]

American actress Morgan Fairchild took her first name from this film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Janet Moat Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), BFI screenonline
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Morgan!". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 

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