Samson Shillitoe, mad genius of a poet irresistible to women but plagued by writer's block, agrees to see a psychiatrist... and his beautiful wife.

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Samson Shillitoe
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Rhoda Shillitoe
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Lydia West
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Dr. Oliver West
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Dr. Vera Kropotkin
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Dr. Menken
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Dr. Freddie Vorbeck
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Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford ...
Mrs. Fish
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Mr. Fitzgerald
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Evelyn Tupperman
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Leonard Tupperman
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Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald ...
Mrs. Fitzgerald
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Samson Shillitoe, a frustrated poet and a magnet for women, is behind in his alimony payments, and lives with Rhoda, a waitress who stands by him through all his troubles. Samson becomes belligerent when he cannot find the inspiration to finish his big poem so Rhoda tries to get him to see the psychiatrist Dr. West, who claims to be able to cure writer's block. Samson ends up being pursued by various women while trying to evade the subpoena servers and finish his poem. Written by Will Gilbert

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The scene involving a topless Sue Ane Langdon and Sean Connery near the film's beginning was the subject of a photo feature in Playboy Magazine. See more »

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A sign in the restaurant where Rhoda works advertises "banannas"; this could be a set design error or a real sign from a location shoot. See more »

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Samson Shillitoe: The words of Mercury are hard after the songs of Apollo.
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Fun social satire made redundant by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
3 May 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The idea that free-spirited creativity is a social disorder that must be cured by a well-meaning but thoroughly incompetent psychiatric establishment is the theme here, and one quite familiar to anybody who has seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Sean Connery was a great choice to play a blocked, womanizing writer at the core of the drama and he centers the film with his amiable exuberance. Comparisons to Cuckoo's Nest are inevitable, and this film lacks the other's stifling power and resonance, but it shares a common vision of the psychiatric profession acting as a microcosm of authoritarian abuses in society at large. Still, this is a funny and charming, much lighter satire on the same subject, energetically directed by Irvin Kirschner, and enjoyable for Connery fans in any case.


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