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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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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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The plot of this movies bears a striking resemblance to Rear Window: a person with a particular skill and physical disability sets out to solve a perceived crime with the help of his girlfriend and trusted companion. See more »

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When the leading man takes out the light bulbs in the apartment he unscrews them. Screw fittings are North American. In the UK the are a push-in bayonet type. See more »

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Phillip Hannon: You'll have to kill me, Mr. Evans. I know too much.
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References The House on 92nd Street (1945) See more »

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A great rainy day, suspense movie.
30 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you have worn out all your Hitchcock videos and need a good way to fill in a few hours on a rainy afternoon, this is the movie for you. A blind play-write over hears a fiendish conversation and is determined to intervene. Armed with his trusty man-servant and beautiful American female companion, this flick delivers on many levels, right up to the twist at the end.

They don't seem to make movies like this one anymore. Mores the pity. A must see for all suspense fans, plus a lovely glimpse into 50's London.

Scored it as 8/10.


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