Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment

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Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment
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French poster under the title Morgan!
Directed byKarel Reisz
Produced byLeon Clore
Written byDavid Mercer
StarringDavid Warner
Vanessa Redgrave
Robert Stephens
Irene Handl
Bernard Bresslaw
Arthur Mullard
Music byJohn Dankworth
CinematographyLarry Pizer
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
4 April 1966
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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.[1]

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


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. Locked into a personal world of fantasy, Morgan 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 Wally "The Gorilla" (Arthur Mullard), a wrestler friend of his mother (Irene Handl), 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 (with Reisz using clips from King Kong to illustrate Morgan's fantasy world). Morgan flees the wedding on a motorcycle with his gorilla suit on fire, and subsequently is committed to an insane asylum, where 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.



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]

A film poster for Morgan is prominently shown in the 2016 film High-Rise (adapted from the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard).


  1. ^ Moat, Janet (2003–2014). "Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Morgan!". Retrieved 8 March 2009.

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