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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Phillip Hannon
Jean Lennox
Cecil Parker ...
Bob Matthews
Miss Alice MacDonald
Maurice Denham ...
Inspector Grovening
Barmaid at The Eagle
Liam Redmond ...
Isobel Elsom ...
Lady Syrett
Martin Benson ...
Natalie Norwick ...
Janet Murch
Terence de Marney ...
Det. Sgt. Luce


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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Release Date:

1956 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

23 Paşi spre Baker Street  »

Box Office


$1,375,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (optical prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


The central plot-gimmick about the mysterious "Mr Evans" and its final revelation was taken from the "Mr Christopher" strand in The House on 92nd Street (1945), also directed by Henry Hathaway in 1945. See more »


When leaving Lady Syrett's the first time, Bob puts Phil's scarf on his shoulders, then the camera angle changes and he puts it on him again. See more »


Phillip Hannon: [blind man] Well how does it look? Is it beautiful?
Bob Matthews: Yes... yes, very beautiful - view, buildings.
Phillip Hannon: [sarcastically] You make it all so vivid, I can almost see it.
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Excellent Mystery!!!
13 June 2004 | by (Sunny Southern California, USA) – See all my reviews

I have watched this particular movie several times; of course, I most likely do that with a lot of movies that are my favorites : )

The basic story is of a somewhat embittered, well-to-do man who had lost his sight fairly recently becoming reinvigorated about life again when he thinks that he overhears parts of a discussion in a bar that may suggest that there is a murder being planned. The acting, writing and direction are superb! As the plot begins to unravel, you are truly pulled along more and more into the story; it is VERY entertaining, especially for those who like good mysteries a la Sherlock Holmes.

If I may throw in a bit of a sort-of non sequitur here, (at least as far as any huge similarities in the two movies,) but, it's interesting, at least to me, to note the similarity of character between Van Johnson's blind detective here, and Karl malden's character in Dario Argento's "Cat O' Nine Tails" where he also plays a blind 'detective'. Just a thought, nothing serious, (however, that is also a very good mystery, just a little heavier content due to being more recent and from Argento, of course : )

That's about it; have fun watching it.... You will : )

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