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As shown so far, Arbuckle filmed mostly at commercial buildings along the south side of Ave M – presumably because the light, while shady, would be more consistent throughout the long shooting day. Hey Pop features brief scenes of Roscoe and Bill fleeing the orphanage thugs running past brightly sunlit storefronts, which turned out to be along the north side of Ave M between E 18th and Ocean Ave, a few blocks east of the studio. Why weren’t these north-side sunny street scenes filmed closer to home? Because, as shown in (6) and (16) previously, at the time the north side of Ave M near the studio had no commercial buildings.
The NE corner of E 18th and Ave M – the oval marks the rectangular Ollie’s ‘Beauty Shop’ sign, 1811 Ave M, partially visible above. Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn Collection.
The orphanage thugs continue to chase Roscoe and Bill east along the north side of Ave M, from E 19th towards Ocean Ave. The storefronts were quite new in 1932, as they were built sometime after the 1930 Sanborn fire insurance maps for this block were surveyed. The 1915 store awning above, and the adjacent Berger’s store window shown at left, both announce in Hebrew that they are strictly kosher, real-life signs not commonly seen in mainstream comedies of that era. The Midwood community has deep Jewish roots, reflected by the signs here in 1932, and remains predominantly Jewish today.
Racing east down Ave M, Roscoe and Bill turn left (north) at Ocean Ave past the corner Shell gas station. The matching details of the building on the far back corner confirm the site, first discovered by searching for gas stations on the Sanborn fire insurance maps.
Turning a corner, Roscoe and Bill race north up E 19th from Ave M past the “Casa del Ritz” apartments (a small sign for the apartment appears to the far left at the start of the scene). For some reason the name “Casa del Ritz” amuses me – maybe “Pueblo del Posh” was already taken! This apartment was also brand new, built after the 1930 Sanborn fire map survey.
Below – the NE corner of E 18th and Ave M. Next, filming in Bay Ridge, and a few Shemp Howard appearances.