Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment was a challenging commentary to undertake, and I enjoyed the challenge.
This is a rare starring role for David Warner, and it landed Vanessa Redgrave her first of six Oscar nominations; here for Best Actress. Warner plays artist Morgan Delt who was raised as a Communist by his parents. His upper crust wife Leonie (Redgrave), who provides him with a comfortable home and life, has decided to divorce him and marry a social climbing art gallery owner (Robert Stephens). Throughout the film, Morgan tries to win back Leonie while she wrestles with truly letting him go. Their political and social differences are the biggest obstacle, but while she balks at his immaturity she still loves him.
Directed by Karel Reisz (The French Lieutenant’s Woman), Morgan is an offbeat ’60s comedy that requires some political awareness of the time period, but it’s an interesting watch nonetheless.
The following is review coverage for my audio commentary work on Morgan. I will add more as other reviews surface. Click on the logo to go to each review site directly.
“The audio commentary by entertainment reporter Bryan Reesman supplies context and background info on the film and its makers. Reesman sees fit to mention the fact that Morgan and Leonie’s relationship wouldn’t be depicted as such ‘in the MeToo era’ (a fact that applies to every ‘angry young man’ film from the late Fifties and Sixties — and an infinite number of romances made in the Golden Age of Hollywood). He notes the same about Morgan’s mental troubles — although, of course, all screwball comedies wouldn’t exist without at least one prominent screwball.
One of the most interesting things Reesman discusses is the 1962 British teleplay ‘A Suitable Case for Treatment’ written by David Mercer, on which the film is based. The show was been ‘wiped’ from the BBC archives, but it set up the essential framework for the film’s script (also written by Mercer).
Some important changes were made, however, including the field in which Morgan and his romantic rival work — in the teleplay Morgan was a writer and his rival an editor at a publishing house. The film is lighter in tone than the teleplay was, but it has a ‘darker’ conclusion on the whole — leavened, thankfully, by a final symbolic rebellion by the lead character.”
“Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment has been released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Included on the disc is a dense, informative commentary track by Bryan Reesman.”
“The only bonus feature is an audio commentary with entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman. It’s a scattershot, unedited effort in terms of his own focus and delivery, but there is a lot quality information here amid the unconventional flow. Reesman actually goes pretty deep and knows his stuff.”