Friday, May 1, 2009

McDowells


Reading this news item brought back memories of this movie and how they shut down Wendy's for a few months. Can anyone name any other movies filmed in Elmhurst?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coming to America!

Rciac said...

"The Wrong Man" Hitchcock 1956 has a shot of 110th Precinct station house.

Old Elmhurst said...

Now we are cooking!
imdb.com lists U.S. Marshals (1998) with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes as being filmed in Elmhurst, but I saw it on cable and can't seem to remember any Elmhurst locations.

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Anonymous said...

We Own the Night had some filming done by the Pan American

sadness said...

does anyone remember the fast food restaurant on queens blvd near woodhaven blvd? it was there up till the 1970's maybe early 80's

Anonymous said...

US Marshalls did have a scene where on of the officers got shot and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital! Recently that new movie with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan had a scene where they stood in the Metro Motel, not sure if that's Elmhurst though.

David M. Quintana said...

Sadness...If I remember correctly, the fast food place you're talking about was "Wetsons"...

How many of you remember when Fairyland Amusement park was located where presently sits the Queens Ctr Mall...

There was also a Howard Johnson's about where the McDonald's is today...As I recall they both disappeared in the late 60's - early 70's...

When you looked eastward down Queens Blvd in those days, the biggest building you could see was the firehouse in Forest Hills (I think about 108th Street)...

Anonymous said...

The wrong man had some great shots of the elevated subway lines and entrance at 74th st.
Jerry Seinfeld show had shots of Elmhurst Hospital.
Spiderman movie was shot there I think but I did not reconize anything
I loved Fairland- I remember when the old lumbermill nearby burned down.
Anyone re the old cementary before they built Macys? Or the old courthouse close to Bway and Queens blvd- Wonder if my old scouthall which was a church across from the old library is still standing?

Jody said...

i'm raised in Elmhurst...after wetson's was Arthur treachers fish and chips, then nathans, then Roy Rogers...spiderman was filmed in woodside/sunnyside. the Metro Motel is in Elmhurst..reserved for Red Cross Emergency victims, welfare shelter and short stays..the old Church across from the library is still standing and active..if the one your talking about is on the corner of corona ave and Bway...if you mean the one directly across bway that's the old Saint James parish hall..and it's a elmhurst land mark, it's been restored and looks great...hope i was a little helpfull..Jody

Anonymous said...

sadness the name of the restaurant on queens blvd. and woodhaven was Wetsons. I worked there.

Frank McG said...

I remember "Wetsons". I liked their food. The McDowells which was used in "Coming to America" was not a "Wendys". It was a "McDonalds". I was driving a cab at the time and I had a 40 minute wait till a pick up at LAG airport. I decided to get a burger at McDonalds and when I pulled up saw it was McDowells. First thing I thought was that McDonalds was going to sue them. I knew nothing about the movie at the time. I drove up to the drive thur and started honking waiting for someone to answer. They said they were closed and till this day I still wonder if it might have been Eddie M I spoke with and they all got a big laugh at of me not knowing.

Anonymous said...

Frank McG, You are incorrect....MCDowell's was indeed the Wendy's restaurant and not the McDonald's that was two blocks further

Anonymous said...

David M. QUintana, seems like youve been in the neighborhood for a long time, id like to ask you some questions...anyway i can have your personal email?? Thanks!

David M. Quintana said...

Anon...My email address is:

quintana.david@gmail.com