Arthur (1981) Poster



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.
Reportedly, when Dudley Moore was doing the mansion moose head sequence, a lighting technician laughed so much that he fell off his ladder.
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.
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.
Sir John Gielgud's actual first name is, in fact, Arthur.
According to his widow, John Belushi was offered the role of Arthur, but ultimately turned it down, fearing typecasting.
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.
Carrie Fisher turned down the role of Linda Marolla.
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.
Barney Martin, playing Ralph Marolla, the father of Liza Minnelli, actually played Minnelli's husband in the Broadway stage production of 'Chicago'.
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.
Tuesday Weld was originally offered the role of Linda Marolla but turned it down.
John Travolta turned down the role of Arthur.
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.
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.
Kay Lenz wanted badly the female lead role, because her previous attempts to be a movie star failed.
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.
Kim Basinger read for the role of Linda Marolla.
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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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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