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|
|27 January 1966 (UK)|
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 Treatment (1962), the leading role at that time being played by Ian Hendry.
Morgan Delt (David Warner) is a failed 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.
- David Warner as Morgan Delt
- Vanessa Redgrave as Leonie Delt
- Robert Stephens as Charles Napier
- Irene Handl as Mrs. Delt
- Bernard Bresslaw as Policeman
- Arthur Mullard as Wally
- Newton Blick as Mr. Henderson
- Nan Munro as Mrs. Henderson
- Peter Collingwood as Geoffrey
- Graham Crowden as Counsel
- John Garrie as Tipstaff
- John Rae as Judge
American actress Morgan Fairchild took her first name from this film.
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