You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A Suitable Case for Treatment

Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition to ex-wife's (Vanessa Redgrave) impending marriage to a sympathetic and likeable suitor.

Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave David Warner Robert Stephens Irene Handl Bernard Bresslaw Arthur Mullard

Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition to ex-wife’s (Vanessa Redgrave) impending marriage to a sympathetic and likeable suitor.

Spare, straight-line plot follows Morgan’s misguided but amusingly slapstick attempts to win back his mate, Leonie, who, though displaying a tolerance and protectiveness bordering on the saintly, longs for a less frenetic and wearying life with a ‘normal’ husband. To director Karel Reisz’s credit, the suitor, well played by Robert Stephens, is never cast as a villain.

Schizophrenia seems to have infected Reisz’s direction. Instead of providing the subtle, gradually disintegrating character of Morgan, Reisz dwells on the comedic aspects of each prank, cunningly milked for maximum yaks, in the process ceding any hope of the observer taking Morgan seriously.

1966: Nominations: Best Actress (Vanessa Redgrave), B&W Costume Design

A Suitable Case for Treatment

UK

Production: British Lion/Quintra. Director Karel Reisz; Producer Leon Clore; Screenplay David Mercer; Camera Gerry Turpin, Larry Pizer; Editor Tom Priestley; Music Johnny Dankworth; Art Director Philip Harrison

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Vanessa Redgrave David Warner Robert Stephens Irene Handl Bernard Bresslaw Arthur Mullard

More Film

  • Ava DuVernay Central Park Five

    African American Film Critics Assn. Proclaims 2017 'Year of the Woman'

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

  • ‘Working Above The Line’ panel, The

    Academy's Third Annual Careers in Film Summit Inspires Young Creatives

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

  • Selma Blair

    Selma Blair's Production Company to Adapt Novel 'The Lost' Into Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

  • Christopher Nolan Dunkirk

    Film News Roundup: Christopher Nolan to Discuss Film Preservation at Library of Congress

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

  • Busan: Helmer Farooki Sets December Shoot

    Busan: Helmer Farooki Sets December Shoot for 'Saturday Afternoon'

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

  • Director Nonzee Niminbutr Blends History With

    Cult Thai Director Blends History With Whodunnit in ‘Francis Chit’

    Morgan follows the frequently funny, sometimes pathetic but relentlessly lunatic exploits of an eccentric artist to his eventual, though not inevitable, incarceration in an insane asylum. Although it is established that the title character, played with zest and skill by David Warner, was always engagingly dotty, his latest bizarre binge is triggered by his opposition […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content