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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
Werner Peters ...
Dr. Freddie Vorbeck
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Daniel K. Papp
Kay Medford ...
Mrs. Fish
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Mr. Fitzgerald
Zohra Lampert ...
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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Any time... any place... at any game... Samson Shillitoe can out-fox them all!! See more »

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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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An underrated film
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A largely underrated film. Released in 1966 (a year after Thunderball), Connery obviously wanted a departure from the static James Bond debonair and so took on the volatile character - Samson Shillitoe (erratic poet). The transition is not a complete alienation of the Bond character. He still gets the girls, though there is some poising and strutting.

If you think of this movie as a precursor to Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" it is brilliant in sort of a "The Odd Couple" sitcom vein. Those looking to see "action hero" Sean Connery will probably be disappointed. "A Fine Madness" looks to be inspired by the antics of Charles Bukowski and the revival of the dialog between pyschotherpy, psychopharmacology and brain augmentation in the early-mid 60's.


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