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23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (screenplay by), Philip MacDonald (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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 screen's most unusual crime-challenge! See more »


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Trivia

The modernist portrait above the mantelpiece in the flat appears to be a Modigliani. See more »

Goofs

After leaving the flat nanny goes towards Marylebone Road, crosses a road going in the direction of Baker Street and gets on a 73 bus ( this is off route for the purpose of the film as it doesn't go round there) it does a right turn in the direction of Kings Cross but ends up in Kensington. 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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Version of The Nursemaid Who Disappeared (1939) See more »

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A great rainy day, suspense movie.
30 January 2000 | by Rob-77See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

23 Paces to Baker Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,375,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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