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Catalog Number 2015.007.005
Object Name Film, Motion Picture
Title Chicago Pete
McDonald's Cutaways
"Neighborhood" Rolls 2,2
1- Original & Workprint
Scope & Content 16mm color workprint with synchronized magnetic audio from the Sue Marx production, "This is My Home, This is Detroit," shot of blues musician Alford "Chicago Pete" Harrell fishing while singing beside blues guitarist Clarence Walton on the shore of Chene Park, as well as an older couple, the McDonalds, walking around the park and Chene Street. The clapboards are dated October 4, 1985, and October 5, 1985, however the rolls are labeled October 7, 1985.

The musicians preform several takes of a blues rendition of the theme song "Detroit, My Home." The older couple walk through the park as the musicians play. After a brief drop-out in the audio, the recording engineer chimes in to mention that his battery died. Pete catches a dead fish during the shoot, which is recieved with laughter. The reels also includes footage of ducks, a seagull, the park's grounds, the two men walking through the park, and several stretches of just audio.

The final portion of the film captures Elmwood Three community residents Anna and John McDonald walking north along the east side of Chene Street, past the Perry Drugs, Farmer Jack, and the Elmwood Park Plaza Apartments in Elmwood Park Plaza, before crossing Lafayette Street and stopping at the sign for Franklin Wright Village. The couple are interviewed in film 2015.007.007.
Date 1985
People Marx, Sue
Harrell, Alford
Extent of Description 00:28:14
Collection Communication/Radio/Television
Search Terms This is My Home, This is Detroit
Chene Park
Detroit River
Chene Street
Elmwood Park Plaza