A down to the wire reading on Arnold Hermann, who worked his way from the Lower to the Upper East Side, from the time he is expecting his son to his death of a heart attack in his sixties. It has sufficient authenticity to keep one reading, but there is a certain professionalism at work as well. Arnold is beset all his life by the conflict between his finer feelings and his conviction that he must be tough to be a good businessman. He gives to charities, supports the baby brother of Selma, the wife he loses young, and he consoles himself with this as he faces Mary Tudor Leatherwear's best salesman, whom he must confront on a charge of theft. The biggest trouble is his son Roger, who wants to be a painter. Selma, dying, charged him with Roger's care and said ""Let him live his life,"" but Arnold wants a successor and Roger wants to please as well as to paint. Roger finally makes his decision, and Arnold learns to give his blessing, even to his unconsidered second wife as he lies dying. Arnold is created ""to the life,"" dynamic love-hate-able, but there is a predictability to the proceedings that makes more for recognition than impact.