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Sunday July 15th 2018

Tin Men | 1987

Tin Man filming location: Cliftmount, Baltimore
Tin Man filming location: the home of Ernest and Nora: Cliftmount, Baltimore

BB Babowsky (Richard Dreyfuss) and Ernest Tilley (Danny DeVito) are feuding aluminium salesmen in Sixties Baltimore. The house, where the Life magazine scam (“a monument to your good taste”) is foisted on a gullible housewife, is director Barry Levinson’s old home, at 4211 Springdale Avenue, Forest Park, south of Liberty Heights Avenue.

The Cadillac showroom, outside which BB gets his new motor dented, is 242 West 29th Street, near Remington Avenue, south of Johns Hopkins University campus, now Baltimore Police Department.

Tin Man filming location: Cliftmount, Baltimore
Tin Man filming location: the home of Ernest and Nora: Cliftmount, Baltimore

Ernest lives with wife Nora (Barbara Hershey), not on 'Pimlico Road', but at 3107 Cliftmount.

Tin Man filming location: The Belvedere, East Chase Street, Mount Vernon, Baltimore
Tin Man filming location: site of the piano lounge: The Belvedere, East Chase Street, Mount Vernon, Baltimore

The restaurant/piano lounge, where Ernesto and pals hang out, is elegant dining room, the John Eager Howard Room of the Belvedere Hotel, 1 East Chase Street. The Belvedere, now a restaurant and residential condominiums, can be found in the Mount Vernon district. Outside, BB kicks in headlights and zooms off down East Chase Street.

Tin Men filming location: Hollywood Diner, East Saratoga Street, Baltimore
Tin Men filming location: the diner where Ernest and BB eat: Hollywood Diner, East Saratoga Street, Baltimore

The diner, where Ernest and BB eat, is a nod to an earlier Barry Levinson film – it was the main setting for Diner. The Hollywood Diner was relocated to 400 East Saratoga Street at Holliday Street but closed in 2012, its future uncertain.