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(1981)

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John Gielgud turned down the role of Hobson several times, finally accepting it only because the salary he was offered was too good to pass up.
At one point during the production, Liza Minnelli is supposed to board a bus in front of Bergdorf's on Fifth Avenue. When a real bus came along, she boarded it thinking it was the "movie bus". Not until she was halfway down the block did she realize her blunder when she looked back and saw the whole crew cracking up.
Dudley Moore was said to have based his performance partly on Peter Cook, whose excessive drinking had soured his and Moore's comedic partnership in the '70s.
Barney Martin, playing Ralph Marolla, the father of Liza Minnelli, actually played Minnelli's husband in the Broadway stage production of 'Chicago'.
Reportedly, when Dudley Moore was doing the mansion moose head sequence, a lighting technician laughed so much that he fell off his ladder.
Apparently, writer-director Steve Gordon had originally wanted to cast George Segal in the lead role of Arthur. After the box-office success of 10 (1979) however, Dudley Moore replaced Segal. This movie was actually the second time that Moore replaced Segal. Segal was originally cast in the lead role in 10 (1979) but Segal apparently walked off the set shortly after filming began. Reportedly, this was rumored because Julie Andrews' role had been built up. Apparently, after 10 (1979) had been released, Segal, when once asked if he had seen the movie, allegedly replied with a finger gesture.
According to his widow, John Belushi was offered the role of Arthur, but ultimately turned it down, fearing typecasting.
This movie is the only ever theatrical feature film directed by Steve Gordon. This movie's sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) is dedicated to the memory of Gordon who died in late 1982 which was only about eighteen months after this picture had debuted.
There are three audio cassettes on the edge of Arthur's bathtub: Bob Marley, Randy Newman, and a record-it-yourself tape.
Sir John Gielgud's actual first name is, in fact, Arthur.
This was the fourth most popular 1981 movie at the U.S.A. and Canada box office.
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Carrie Fisher and Debra Winger turned down the role of Linda Marolla.
After Linda first meets Arthur she says that he looks like one of Santa's little helpers. Dudley Moore went on to play the part of Patch one of Santa's elves in Santa Claus: The Movie (1985).
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The role of Hobson, which won a Supporting Oscar for Sir John Gielgud, was originally intended for either David Niven or Alec Guinness.
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The scene where Arthur drives his "racing car" around a track was shot at the now defunct Danbury Fair Racearena in Connecticut. The type of car that Arthur drove was never raced there, it was primarily for Modified stock cars and was one of America's great short tracks. Sadly, despite its great success, the land became too valuable and it gave way to a shopping mall. The Danbury Fair Racearena closed on October 12, 1981, shortly after the movie was filmed.
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This film is considered a modern reworking of the P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster tales, Arthur is the equivalent of Bertie Wooster and his servant Hobson the equivalent of Jeeves.
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There's a framed photo of Harry S. Truman on Arthur's father's desk. The other photo, to the left of Harry S. Truman, is that of Winston Churchill, and it appears to be autographed.
Stewart Gordon and Dudley Moore argued over Arthur's accent. "I explained to the director I couldn't possibly do it as an American since I spent half the time trying to get my vowels right," Moore reasoned. The two continued the discussion of whether Moore should use an American accent even after filming had started, but Moore won out.
Apparently, when this picture was first touted, Dudley Moore thought (perhaps jokingly) that the movie was about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
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Tuesday Weld was originally offered the role of Linda Marolla but turned it down.
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Dudley Moore has claimed that he was far from the first choice, as the producers originally wanted an "American actor" for the part of Arthur. Director Steve Gordon convinced them otherwise, and they eventually offered the part to Moore after other stars, such as James Caan, Al Pacino, Robert Redford and John Travolta, turned the role down.
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According to Charles H. Joffe, John Gielgud "never really understood the jokes he was giving." According to Liza Minnelli, Gielgud kept turning to her and Dudley Moore asking if what he just said was funny.

After the film came out, he wrote to journalist George Pitcher, explaining that he was "very bucked" at the success of the film. "I thought Liza so very good, and underestimated by the critics," Gielgud added. "Dudley screams too much at first, but gets better all through and is very charming and co-operative in the scenes with me. We also got on so wonderfully well together, despite that appalling heat."
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This film did very well at the 1982 Academy Awards winning two of its four nominations.
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Jeff Bridges, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone and Robin Williams were all considered for the lead role of Arthur
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Bud Cort was originally suggested for the role of Arthur. Apparently, Cort was actually cast in the part but withdrew prior to principal photography.
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Dudley Moore kept cracking up the cast and crew, so much so that 27 takes were needed to get one scene filmed at one point.
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Four different endings were shot. Steve Gordon still hadn't figured out which ending to use during the editing stage. A rough cut, which Dudley Moore objected to, gave more of a focus on Arthur and Hobson's relationship than Arthur and Linda's.
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Liza Minnelli played a character, Linda Marolla, who had a similar first name to her own. Moreover, both surnames were Italian, and both first and last names shared the same L.M. initials.
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Kim Basinger read for the role of Linda Marolla.
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The remake of this movie, Arthur (2011), was made and released practically exactly thirty years after this film first came out.
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Kay Lenz wanted badly the female lead role, because her previous attempts to be a movie star failed.
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Shooting in New York City in the summer of 1980 drew thousands of onlookers curious about Liza Minnelli's new project. One of the older onlookers confused Minnelli for her mother, Judy Garland.
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In Liza Minnelli's dressing room, Dudley Moore-an accomplished pianist-would play her piano. Sometimes Minnelli would sing along. Other times, Jill Eikenberry (who portrayed Arthur's fiancée, Susan Johnson) played.
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After shooting the scene where Arthur gets beaten up by his would-be father-in-law, Dudley Moore was still wearing his tattered costume and bloody makeup when he turned to his then-girlfriend Susan Anton (who was nearly 8.5 inches taller than him) in a Waldorf-Astoria elevator and said, "Susan, I told you I'd be home, why wouldn't you believe me?" The other elevator passengers were aghast.
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