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23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

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... See full summary »

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Phillip Hannon
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Jean Lennox
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Bob Matthews
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Miss Alice MacDonald
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Inspector Grovening
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Barmaid at The Eagle
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Joe
Isobel Elsom ...
Lady Syrett
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Pillings
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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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27 July 1956 (West Germany)  »

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23 Schritte zum Abgrund  »

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Trivia

The curious title (a clear allusion to Sherlock Holmes) is only referenced once, when Phil helps a lost bespectacled man find his way in the fog. See more »

Goofs

When Bob tells the photographic assistant "Please, I'm in a hurry" at Barkers, his lips do not match the later-dubbed dialogue. See more »

Quotes

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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References The House on 92nd Street (1945) See more »

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Nice surprise
16 February 2004 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I just caught this movie on cable and I was drawn into it. This is a very Hitchockian type of thriller. Blind mystery writer overhears kidnapping plot, but of course no one wants to believe him except his 2 good friends, one who wants to marry him. It had a a few chuckles along with suspense. Particulary when playwriters friend/aid is sent on a epic chase through London following a suspect. Playwriter of course nearly gets himself killed trying to figure out the pending kidnapping himself. A few colorful characters a good mystery plot, a lovelorn but smart girlfriend, a bitter playwriter who no one takes seriously and a very clever twist makes a very good movie. I wish for more nice quiet mysteries like this.


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