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A Fine Madness (1966)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Miss Walnicki
Bibi Osterwald ...
Mrs. Fitzgerald
Mabel Albertson ...
Chairwoman
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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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23 September 1966 (Finland)  »

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Simson ist nicht zu schlagen  »

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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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Rhoda Shillitoe: Hey, Samson, Mr. Butler's got some great news for you!
Samson Shillitoe: Mister? When did he get the operation?
Rhoda Shillitoe: [Apologetically to Butler] He doesn't mean anything.
Samson Shillitoe: [Emphatically] I mean everything!
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Satire on Psychoanalysis
2 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released. It was a "fish out of water" comedy, a coarse brute running rampant among effete elitists. At that time, I had a lot of contact with numerous psychiatrist/psychoanalysts. This film brilliantly caught the self satisfied pomposity, the self promotional tendencies, and the double standards of this group. The psychoanalysts couldn't cope with this guy! I found this part of the film hilarious, although most of the humor would go unappreciated by those who didn't know any people in the psychoanalytic world.

I have seen this film many times since then. Much of it now makes me wince. The field of psychoanalysis has imploded and almost disappeared. Making fun of the pretensions of a now forgotten group of elitists is no longer very funny. Thus, it is a clumsy, sexist mild comedy. Yet, see it as a document of its time, and it is worthwhile.


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