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 (also called Morgan!) is a 1966 comedy film made by British Lion. 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, who was raised as a communist by his parents. His upper-class wife, Leonie (Vanessa Redgrave), has given up on him and is in the process of getting 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 her bed and blowing up the bed as her mother sits on it. When these stunts fail, Morgan 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. The plan fails, and Morgan is arrested and imprisoned.
After escaping, he crashes the wedding reception of Leonie and Charles dressed as a gorilla, for which scene Reisz borrows clips from King Kong to illustrate Morgan's fantasy world. Morgan flees the wedding on a motorcycle with his gorilla suit on fire. He is subsequently 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 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.