Shout! Factory TV proudly presents the debut of the “dopiest” comedy of all time, Arnold’s Wrecking Company, as part of a livestream 4/20 marathon event today. Writer and director Steven E. de Souza’s (writer, Die Hard, 48 Hours, Commando) first feature film makes its exclusive premiere at 4:20 p.m. today on shoutfactorytvlive.com and on Pluto TV, CH 515.
Starring Mike Renshaw, Steven de Souza and Eddie Henderson, Arnold Wrecking Company tells the tale of a student who tries pot for the first time, loves it and decides to distribute it in a big business kind of way. Soon he has the police and the mafia on his tail.
The recipient of the Special Jury Prize at the 1972 Atlanta Film Festival, Arnold’s Wrecking Company suffered an unfortunate fate when its distribution company went bankrupt at the time of its original release. The film was released in a few venues in the fall of 1973, but has never been available widely, until now.
To celebrate Arnold’s Wrecking Company, Shout! Factory TV has curated a collection of music features and stoner comedies from Wonderwall to The Kentucky Fried Movie to carry you through the day in a most epic way. Arnold’s Wrecking Company will also be available on demand on Shout! Factory TV following the marathon.
Arnold Berman is a klutz. Just ask his cousin Kenny, who has to put up with him over summer vacation from college. Arnold has to be seen to be believed: an uptight, unreal, super-straight Business major who’s a whiz at accounting and a failure at everything else. Kenny and his pal Rollo turn Arnold on to a little grass to loosen him up, but they don’t realize the demons they’ve set free: for the now-swinging Arnold becomes a pothead Horatio Alger and soon has them all in the midst of a multi-million-dollar grass-dealing firm complete with snazzy executive offices, a fleet of delivery trucks, group insurance, and a little league team. All of this does not escape the attention of either the local police or the local “organization,” and the result is a free-enterprise free-for-all in which the customers are as high as the company stock.
4/20 Marathon Schedule
*Times listed are Pacific time, approximate and subject to change.
10:10AM — Wonderwall
11:50AM — Festival Express
1:35PM — Wilfred: There Is A Dog
2:00PM — MST3K Short: The Home Economics Story
2:35PM — Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever
3:30PM — Fridays: Episode 19
4:20PM — Arnold’s Wrecking Co.
5:45PM — Home Movies: Get Away From My Mom
6:10PM — The Kentucky Fried Movie
7:45PM — Stella: Live In Boston
8:55PM — Quadrophenia
10:50PM — Jeffrey Ross: No Offense
12:00AM — Candy
1:55AM — The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper: Live 1979
The marathon will be streaming all day at shoutfactorytvlive.com and on Pluto TV, CH 515. For mobile, tablet and connected TV devices the marathon is accessible via the Pluto TV app. The marathon is also available via Pluto TV in the living room (Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Apple Airplay), on the go (apps for iOS, Android and Amazon) and at your fingertips on PC’s, Mac’s or on the web.
Film & Special Episode Synopses
Featuring a score composed by George Harrison and performed by an all-star ensemble of musicians including George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton, Wonderwall’s kaleidoscope of images set to Harrison’s soundtrack catapult the audience into a lost world of innocence, where love and laughter reign supreme.
Set in swinging 1960’s London, Wonderwall is the story of a reclusive professor Oscar Collins (Jack MacGowran )who becomes infatuated with his next door neighbors, the beautiful model Penny Lane (Jane Birkin) and her Svengalian photographer boyfriend (Iain Quarrier). When the professor attempts to rescue Penny from an overdose following a quarrel with her boyfriend, he enters the magical realm of the Wonderwall on a transformative journey, and returns to his laboratory a changed man.
In the summer of 1970, some of the era’s biggest rock stars all took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-day, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert.
Festival Express captures some of rock’s most iconic artists in an extraordinary setting, during an incredible time in music history. These were some of Janis Joplin’s final performances, as she would tragically lose her life just 3 months later. The Band were at the height of their time together, and the Grateful Dead were in the midst of releasing future classics Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty.
Wilfred: There Is a Dog
A depressed man is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as a full grown man in a dog suit. Wilfred is nine years old and 1/16th dingo (the rest is a mix of German Shepherd and Labrador). He is protective of his owner, and insecure and manipulative towards her boyfriends. He smokes cigarettes and marijuana, drinks beer, eats junk food, and is prone to foul language, malapropisms, and sexual urges.
Fridays – Andy Kaufman episode
Featuring Mark Blankfield, Maryedith Burrell, Darrow Igus, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, John Roarke, Fridays presented a hilariously twisted view of the early ‘80s to adventurous viewers on a weekly basis. Their outrageous characters – from the paranoid Drugs R Us Pharmacist to the rabbinical action heroes of Matzoi! to the laid-back Nat E. Dred, “The Rasta Gourmet” – left audiences laughing long into the wee hours of the night.
On the now-infamous February 20, 1981 episode, Andy Kaufman was the host. During a sketch about couples at dinner sneaking away to the bathroom to smoke marijuana, Kaufman, who was known for causing trouble on live TV, broke character and refused to read his lines (saying “I can’t play stoned”). Richards got up from the table, grabbed the cue cards and threw them down on the table in front of Kaufman, who responded by throwing a glass of water on Richards. Some of the show’s cast and crew members became angry and a small brawl broke out on stage. Since the show was broadcast live, home viewers were able to see most of these events transpire until the network cut the cameras off. Kaufman returned the following week in a taped apology to home viewers. The incident was planned by Kaufman, who concocted it with his sidekick Zmuda, and was meant as a prank. The only individuals aware of the plan were producer/director Moffitt, producer/announcer Burns, and the three comedians acting in the sketch along with Kaufman: Richards, Chartoff and Burrell.
Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever
Steve Martin’s fourth NBC special was in the spirit of his previous association with Saturday Night Live. It was broadcast live from Studio 8H, produced by Lorne Michaels and featured some original cast members of the show. With special appearances by Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gregory Hines, Laraine Newman, Lynn Redgrave, Lauren Hutton, Bill Murray and Paul Shaffer.
Home Movies: Get Away From My Mom
Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships.
The Kentucky Fried Movie
The original take-off cult classic from the highly successful team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun), this “uproariously funny [film]” (TV Guide) launched a thousand laughs and serves as a precursor to the raunch-fests of the ‘80s and the blockbuster success of the Farrelly Brothers films. Directed by the legendary John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers), The Kentucky Fried Movie features a lewd, loosely connected collection of skits that spoof blaxploitation films, news shows, porno movies, TV commercials, kung fu flicks and more!
Stella: Live in Boston
Stella is the unique comedy trio known for their critically acclaimed TV series, their long-running nightclub show and their wildly popular series of shorts on the Web. Now Stella are captured live in concert in all of their uncensored glory.
Fueled by amphetamines and teen angst, Jimmy speeds around London on his scooter with his Mod friends getting into trouble.
Jeffrey Ross: No Offense
Respected and feared as a result of his show-stopping performances at the Comedy Central® Roasts, Ross decided to take his hilarious and heartfelt brand of insult humor on the road.
Candy, an innocent high-schooler, encounters numerous colorful characters and humorous sexual situations while attempting to find meaning in life.
The Strange Case of Alice Cooper: Live 1979
The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper is the warped tale of one man’s descent into madness, a theatrical rock n’ roll spectacle that could only emerge from the twisted imagination of Alice Cooper.
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