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23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 1956 (UK)
A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (screenplay by), Philip MacDonald (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Phillip Hannon
Vera Miles ... Jean Lennox
Cecil Parker ... Bob Matthews
Patricia Laffan ... Miss Alice MacDonald
Maurice Denham ... Inspector Grovening
Estelle Winwood ... Barmaid at The Eagle
Liam Redmond ... Joe
Isobel Elsom ... Lady Syrett
Martin Benson ... Pillings
Natalie Norwick Natalie Norwick ... Janet Murch
Terence de Marney ... Det. Sgt. Luce
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Famed American playwright Phillip Hannon is in London making revisions to his play currently running in the West End. He is doing this mundane work rather than write a new play since he has retreated from life following the recent and permanent loss of his sight. That retreat from life includes breaking off his engagement to his former secretary, Jean Lennox, who still loves him. One evening at his local pub, he overhears a conversation between a man and a woman that he knows involves criminal activity, what he surmises to be the kidnapping plot of a child in exactly one week's time. The local police patronizingly dismiss his report as the overactive imagination of a blind writer. With Jean and his faithful manservant Bob Matthews by his side - the former with some reluctance on Phil's part - Phil goes on a search to uncover the plot using what little pieces of information he has at hand, which includes the man's name being Evans, the woman, who is involved under duress, working as a ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

23 Paşi spre Baker Street See more »

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Budget:

$1,375,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The modernist portrait above the mantelpiece in the flat appears to be a Modigliani. See more »

Goofs

The blind Philip Hannan doesn't "look" at things he's picking up, or people he's talking to. People who have lost their sight still do this, though people blind from birth may not. See more »

Quotes

Phillip Hannon: You'll have to kill me, Mr. Evans. I know too much.
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Okay Suspenser
3 November 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Passable suspenser despite a rather muddled script that doesn't acquaint us well with either the suspects or the plot developments. Thus the mystery part minimizes needed involvement. Johnson does an acceptable job feigning a blind man, but perhaps his biggest triumph is removing any sentimentality from Hannon's affliction. Thus the film never, to its credit, descends into the kind of treacle it so easily could have. In fact, Hannon remains understandably irascible throughout.

That tightrope struggle on the crumbling roof is a real nail-biter and the film's dramatic highpoint. But frankly the showdown in Hannon's darkened apartment lacks the skillful development of, say, Wait Until Dark (1967), to become memorable. The live London backdrop, however, adds a lot of interesting color and is well photographed. And though she's winsome as heck, Vera Miles is largely wasted in a part that many lesser actresses could have filled. Anyway, the movie's an acceptable time passer with a few good moments, but I'll bet it's not on Scotland Yard's Must-See list.


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