Arthur is a rich, alcoholic playboy with no regards to his working life. After another drunken run-in with the law, his aloof mother has had enough and forces him to marry Susan, a proper business woman, or else he will lose his inheritance. Just as he's engaged to Susan, he meets Naomi, a free-spirited girl who Arthur thinks is perfect for him. Any attempts at holding down a job are fruitless, so Arthur has to decide, what is more important: love, or his mother's money.Written by
When the semi-naked Arthur is talking to Naomi from the street, the onlookers behind Arthur (who are genuine passers-by, not extras) change from shot to shot and back again. There are two distinct groups of them, revealing that two separate takes were intercut to create the final scene. See more »
Congratulations, you're winning the dead parent game. But it's not too late to run home and butcher my mother.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo appears as if inside a champagne glass. See more »
In the sixties there were many cinematic attempts to focus on weird character, like Morgan or A Thousand Clowns. Arthur belongs in this group. And I think it would have been a better film if it stuck to that time period. Then top hats on hippies had sparkle, but now it seems like an embarrassment, so needy. But Arthur is not then but now.
Secondly, I think he is a little too obnoxious, a kind of even less likable Tiny Tim. I didn't find him a sympathetic character.
Still, it is a generally watchable film, it does take you efficiently along for the ride. None of these movies really had much of a message anyway.
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