Long-lost, local stoner-comedy 'Arnold's Wrecking Co.' resurfaces in Marijuana Film Marathon

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The vinyl soundtrack for "Arnold's Wrecking Co.," a buddy-stoner comedy filmed in the Philadelphia area in 1972.

Philadelphian Steven E. de Souza made his name in Hollywood with screenplays for 48 Hrs., Die Hard, Commando and many more big-budget hits. But when he was just trying to launch his film career back in 1972, he made a little 16mm pot-com called Arnold's Wrecking Co., starring Mike Renshaw, who would later become a reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times.

Dubbed the "dopiest" comedy of all time, this winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1972 Atlanta Film Festival (what were they smokin'?) has been largely unseen for more than four decades. In honor of the 4/20 National Marijuana Holiday, however, Arnold's will have its small-screen premiere at 7:20 p.m. (4:20 Pacific time) on shoutfactorytvlive.com and on Pluto TV, CH 515.

Starring Renshaw, de Souza and Eddie Henderson, Arnold's Wrecking Co. tells the tale of a student who tries pot for the first time, loves it and decides to distribute it, much to the aggravation of the police and the mafia.

Marathon Schedule

12:00 a.m.— Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT

1:05 a.m.— MST3K Short: Alphabet Antics

1:15 a.m.— Dana Gould: Let Me Put My Thoughts In You

2:15 a.m.— MST3K Short: Are You Ready For Marriage?

2:35 a.m.— Neon Maniacs

4:05 a.m.— Cannibal Girls

5:30 a.m.— MST3K Short: Last Clear Chance

6:00 a.m.— Marx Brothers: The General Electric Theater: The Incredible Jewel Robbery

6:30 a.m.— The Weird Al Show: Bad Influence

7:00 a.m.— MST3K Short: A Case Of Spring Fever

7:15 a.m.— The Smurfs And The Magic Flute

9:00 a.m.— MST3K Short: What To Do On A Date

9:15 a.m.— Conquest

10:45 a.m.— Kevin Smith: SModimations

11:45a.m. — MST3K Short: What About Juvenile Delinquincy?

12:00 p.m. — Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing 

1:00 p.m — MST3K Short: The Chicken Of Tomorrow

1:30 p.m. — Wonderwall

3:15 p.m. — Festival Express

5:00 p.m. — Wilfred: There Is A Dog

5:30 p.m. — MST3K Short: The Home Economics Story

5:50 p.m.— Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever

6:40 p.m.— Fridays: Episode 19

7:20 p.m.— Arnold’s Wrecking Co.

8:45 p.m.— Home Movies: Get Away From My Mom

9:15 p.m. — The Kentucky Fried Movie

11:00 p.m.— Stella: Live In Boston

12:50 a.m.— Quadrophenia

2:50 a.m.— Jeffrey Ross: No Offense

3:50 a.m.— Candy

4:30 a.m.— The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper: Live 1979