Bea Arthur's melancholy stint in Tatooine

Bea Arthur's melancholy stint in Tatooine

 

Though a depressing percentage of the young people of today seem to know Bea Arthur largely, if not exclusively, as the subject of dick jokes at comedy roasts she leaves behind a rich legacy. She created two of the biggest, most iconic characters in sitcom history but her career had valleys as well as peaks. While dicking around Twitter I recently stumbled across the following clip of Arthur in the notorious Star Wars Christmas Special.

Like the special itself it really has to be seen to be believed. It's a hypnotic, nightmarish trainwreck of surreal juxtapositions. It's essentially Casablanca in outer space with a little Cabaret thrown in, with Bea Arthur in the Humphrey Bogart role. Only, you know, with space monsters and Harvey Korman pouring water into the top of his head. 

Filed Under: TV

More The A.V. Club Blog