He memorialized the event in a song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (1967), which became a counterculture classic and the cornerstone of his career. The 1969 movie version, Alice's Restaurant, encapsulates the gay promise and anxiety of the hippie generation.
Transforming a 20 minute monologue into a 2-hour movie requires a lot of padding, so director Arthur Penn adds endless scenes of hippies dancing, singing, and saying things like "We have what we need! We don't need anything else!"
He experiences homophobic harassment due to his long hair. He rejects several women's advances, and apparently invites male friend Roger (Geoff Outlaw) into his bed. The landlady refers to them as "friends" with a disgust that usually implies "lover."
While Ray is watching a film of Shelly, Alice literally stands in front of the screen to distract him. She also seduces Shelly to "get even."
(By the way, this isn't Michael McClanathan. It's Daniel Garth, star of Any Body, Any Way (1968), Michael's first movie.)