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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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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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Barmaid at The Eagle
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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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$1,375,000 (estimated)
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The film maximised 20th Century-Fox's "frozen funds": money earned in England by the studio which, by law, could only be spent there. Hence, the extensive location footage is genuinely shot in London, whilst the interiors are all Los Angeles-based. See more »

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Jean Lennox is able to reel off Phil's entire address by the time she visits the Unity Domestic Bureau, despite having only been in the area for roughly a day. See more »

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Phillip Hannon: You'll have to kill me, Mr. Evans. I know too much.
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Version of The Nursemaid Who Disappeared (1939) See more »

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Nice And Twisted
6 February 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

On a visit to London, an apparently recently blinded American playwrite over-hears a highly suspicious conversation which may or may not mean a kidnapping... together with his manservant and former secretary he begins to try and put the pieces together.

For 1956 this is a surprisingly twisted piece, involving both highly unconventional villain and target/victim. Delicious shots of mid-50's London (check out Barker's of Kensington), a serviceable performance by Johnson, Miles decorative but wasted (except in one scene), the glorious Parker, and Winwood hamming it up to the hilt, all add up to an enjoyable sub-Hitchcockian romp. Yes it owes a debt to 'Rear Window', but then 'Wait Until Dark' owes a debt to this!


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