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23 Paces to Baker Street
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Writers:
Nigel Balchin (screenplay)
Philip MacDonald (novel)
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Release Date:
1956 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
STEP-BY-STEP...(original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Wait until dark See more (27 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Janet Murch
Terence de Marney ... Det. Sgt. Luce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Alalouf ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... Lift Operator (uncredited)
Arthur Gomez ... Mr. Da Mestre (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Pinball Player (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Walter Horsbrugh ... Shop Assistant (uncredited)
Janice Kane ... Miss Da Mestre (uncredited)
Charles Keane ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lucie Lancaster ... Miss Marston (uncredited)
Howard H. Lang ... Doorman (uncredited)

Queenie Leonard ... Miss Elsie Schuyler (uncredited)
Phyllis Montefiore ... Mrs. Da Mestre (uncredited)
Robert Raglan ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Maggie Rennie ... Housewares Sales Clerk (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Policeman (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Man Lost in Fog (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Cabby (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Stanley ... Photographer (uncredited)
Michael Trubshawe ... Shop Customer in Photograph (uncredited)
Neil Wilson ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ben Wright ... Simmons - Hotel Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Balchin (screenplay by)

Philip MacDonald (novel)

Produced by
Henry Ephron .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (as Eddie Bernoudy)
Peter Price .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effect
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Lionel Newman .... conductor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17867) | West Germany:12 (cut version) | West Germany:16 (uncut version)

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Trivia:
The modernist portrait above the mantelpiece in the flat appears to be a Modigliani.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References The House on 92nd Street (1945)See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Wait until dark, 31 July 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

Hathaway was a brilliant director.He did never,until the very end ("the last safari")produce anything truly mediocre:from "the witching hour" to "True Grit "and "Nevada Smith,his work encompasses such classics as "lives of a Bengal lancer" "Peter Ibbetson" "House on 92 th street" "kiss of death" "niagara" "Legend of the lost",sorry if I cannot mention them all.

Influenced by Hitchcock's "rear window" (Vera Miles was a Hitchcockesque actress although she had yet to work with him in 1956 ),"23 paces to Baker street" ,on the other hand ,had on strong influence on Frederick Knott whose "wait until dark" was transferred to the screen by Terence Young with Audrey Hepburn in 1967: the scene of the "broken lights" was stolen from Philip McDonald.("Now we are equal;not afraid of the dark,are you?") "23 paces to Baker Street" should appeal to people who enjoyed the two movies I mention above;it takes place in a foggy London,with plenty of suspense and a plot which is sometimes a bit complicated and far-fetched but it does not matter:you watch it just like you read Agatha Christie's books.

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