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Arnold's Wrecking Co. (1973)

PG | | Comedy | 20 September 1973 (USA)
A student 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.


(as Steve De Souza)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hencheck ...
Sandy Zeitler ...
Ted Atlof ...
Hardee Mintzer ...
Chick Langenella ...
The Connection
Byron Schauer ...
Officer Ace
Shirley Kauffman ...
Eddie Henderson ...
Kenny (as Steve De Souza)
Mike Renshaw ...
Ivan E. Roth ...
Kenny (as a child) (as Ivan Roth)
Scott Kauffman ...
Kenny as a Child
Linda Powell ...
Stewardess #1
Bonnie De Souza ...
Stewardess #2
Gene Beck ...
Fat Man


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. Written by Anonymous

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7 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also had a few small parts in Arnold's Wrecking Company (if they survived editing) mostly as Steve De Souza's double.

Actually, I was a friend of Steve's younger brother Dan, and one day Steve called me at home and said "my brother tells me you have a motorcycle."

They offered to 'rent' my Honda 175cc street-scrambler for $50 a day, which seemed like a pretty good deal at the time. The script called for Steve to ride a motorcycle in a few scenes, and he was not very stable on a bike.

I jumped at the chance, and they eventually put me in a few bit parts (most of which I was nervous and terrible, I'm certain.) One scene I was an 'extra' in a touch football game in which the 'winning team" eventually took off with the football... which was filled with pot. That was part of the comedy gag, and it was how Arnold's company sold pot without getting caught by the cops.

Another scene, which was kinda funny, the director had us extra's playing basketball. We had long hair and were so stoned (in the movie, that is) we kept banging into each other. (I think this scene got cut)

In a few other scenes, I was De Souza's double. They had me put on De Souza's jacket, sunglasses, etc and was filmed riding the street in front of De Souza's house in Violetwood, in Levittown. At the last second, the director would call CUT... and I would get off the bike, and Steve would jump back on.

Another time, the camera crews rode in the back of a van and filmed me (as De Souza) riding along the Roosevelt Boulevard, and other Northeast Philly backers. One day I and some other extras dressed up in airport mechanic overalls. We held airport flashlights like we were directing planes on the runway, and did a few tryout scenes in Steve's backyard. The crew eventually went down the airport to film more scenes.

I have this vivid memory of this older guy (people claimed he was the Hollywood money man) who drove up each day in a dark colored Cadillac. He often brought us buckets of Gino's chicken for lunch. (remember Gino's on Rt. 13 near the Levittown Shopping Center)

The production crew eventually set up a sound studio in Penndel, at a small shopping center which I think was owned or rented out by Steve's dad, who owned De Souza Realty.

Anyway, I thought I was such cool beans cause I would skip high school and go hang around the sound studio. The sound tech lived in Snowball Gate, in Levittown, I think.

As I recall, the movie was originally called "Scoring"... with the 'S' in Scoring being a big dollar sign. Somewhere along the line they changed it to Arnold's wrecking company, and it won a prize in the Atlanta low budget film category, or something like that.

My name was initially listed as an 'extra' on the rolling credits at the end of the movie, but probably got cut out.

Renshaw eventually became editor of the Courier Times newspaper.

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