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Morgan! (1966)

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (original title)
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After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.


Karel Reisz


David Mercer
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
David Warner ... Morgan
Vanessa Redgrave ... Leonie
Robert Stephens ... Napier
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Delt
Bernard Bresslaw ... Policeman
Arthur Mullard ... Wally
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Mr. Henderson
Nan Munro Nan Munro ... Mrs. Henderson
Peter Collingwood ... Geoffrey
Graham Crowden ... Counsel
John Garrie ... Tipstaff
John Rae John Rae ... Judge
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... Best Man (as Angus Mackay)
Mavis Edwards Mavis Edwards ... Maid
Peter Cellier ... Second Counsel


Morgan Delt is a failed and irresponsible left-wing artist whose Communist parents own a fish and chips shop in downmarket London. He is also an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer obsessed with Karl Marx, gorillas and stopping his beautiful wife from marrying his former best friend. He uses his rich fantasy world as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, trouble with the police and, ultimately, incarceration in an insane asylum. Written by alfiehitchie

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Did You Know?


Alan Moyle was planning a remake of this movie with River Phoenix during 1993. As he got to know Phoenix better [during production for The Thing Called Love], Moyle decided that the unpredictable actor would be ideal to play Morgan, the husband who becomes unhinged after divorce and goes off on a series of manic adventures dressed in a gorilla suit. At first river was not interested at all but two day after meeting Phoenix changed his mind and became interested in film. But project never stepped further due to Phoenix death in 1993 See more »


At the beginning, Morgan is supposed to return from being in Greece for a few days. However, when he goes up into his studio and pulls the sheets off, large clouds of dust fly up. See more »


Morgan Delt: I've gone all *furry*!
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Referenced in 666: 'The Omen' Revealed (2000) See more »


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Music by Walter Warren
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Trotsky Goes Ape
19 August 2012 | by BribabaSee all my reviews

There aren't too many whimsical comedies with a Trotskyite sub text, so for that alone let us give thanks, but there's a whole lot more to enjoy here. Vanessa Redgrave for one, looking wonderful as the posh girl who dumps her eccentric husband in favour of stability, shows a real gift for light comedy, Karel Reisz's direction is always inventive and makes good use of inserts from King Kong and Tarzan, and then there's the world's most wonderful couple: Arthur Mullard and Irene Handl.

Warner's performance as Morgan depends how you feel about children who refuse to grow up, though he does become more sympathetic eventually. The Trotsky element comes from writer David Mercer, a renowned playwright and communist of the day and though class figures prominently in the film, it is never didactic. The screenplay is based on a TV play he'd wrote and in a unusual reversal of roles was watered down somewhat for the cinema. The ending turns into the full-blown surrealism that always threatened and there's a great, almost-last line from the Morgan himself: "I've gone all furry".

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Release Date:

15 May 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Quintra See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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