This first page cover spots (1), (2), (3), (4), and (12) above. Remember to click each image for a larger view.
The establishing shot (1) of the restaurant where Roscoe works as a short order cook in Hey Pop was named for tiny Dorman Square, which it faces. Promoted as “A Good Place to Eat,” the site is now home to a combo Dunkin Donuts – Baskin Robbins. By playing a hash house cook for his return-to-the-screen debut, Roscoe was able to reuse jokes from his prior silent comedy The Cook (1918), co-starring Al St. John and a young Buster Keaton. Roscoe was comedically adept at flipping butcher knives and sauce pans, and recreates such stunts here.
The restaurant – coffee shop appears behind Roscoe during a scene in his next Vitaphone short Buzzin’ Around. When, in Hey Pop, a Depression-weary mother abandons her son Bill at the restaurant where Roscoe is cook, Roscoe informally adopts the lad. Borrowing themes from Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921), Roscoe and Bill must flee when menacing orphanage thugs insist on sending Bill away.
The finale to Buzzin’ Around (2) was staged traveling west down Ave M from Dorman Square. In that movie Roscoe visits town to sell his secret liquid formula that, once applied to porcelain, prevents it from breaking. Roscoe’s sales pitch at a china shop goes horribly wrong when his sample is switched, leading to an all-out china fight. Before the cops arrive Al St. John and Pete the Pup rescue Roscoe in a motorized bathtub side-car. *(Our Gang authority Richard Bann explains that no fewer than three (and perhaps many more) different Petes have appeared on screen. Pete’s trainer Harry Lucenay had been recently fired from Our Gang, and when Ray McCarey (Leo’s younger brother), who had been writing for Our Gang, left to work for Vitaphone in Brooklyn, he sent for Lucenay. The multiple Petes explains how the pooch could make so many public appearances across the country, and why his distinctive halo-eye makeup switches from left eye to right in different films.)
Car troubles plague Roscoe all during Buzzin’ Around. Here (3) he stops at a roadblock next to a narrow triangle building where Ave M and E 15th meet.
This further view of the roadblock (center above) looks south, showing the back of the triangle building to the left, and across what was then a vacant lot towards the extant store fronts along Elm Ave. A tall building stands on the lot today, blocking the view of Elm.
Earlier in Buzzin’ Around, before the big china fight, Roscoe backs his jalopy into a fancy convertible, locking bumpers with the car. When Roscoe drives west along Elm towards E 14th (4), he unknowingly tows the convertible along with him.
The convertible’s owner spies his car being towed away from the entrance (12) at 1317 E 14th. The unique brick details near the ground to the right of the door appear in Google Street View shots, confirming the spot.
Below – the view towards Dorman Square. Next, spots (5), (6), (7), and (8).