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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.

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

23 Paşi spre Baker Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,375,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

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A well made thriller
20 February 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that work very well indeed. It is (in it's way) similar to Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW, except that film gets Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Thelma Ritter involved with more than just Raymond Burr's crime - it gets them involved with the lives of all their neighbors in that courtyard in Manhattan. Here the film pares down the involvement of Van Johnson, Vera Miles, and Cecil Parker into the solution of who is the target of a kidnapping plot, and where will it be pulled off. But the film is as full of twists as Hitchcock's best films, and has a neat twist in the final confrontation that beats out Raymond Burr's confrontation with Jimmy Stewart and Stewart's flash bulbs.


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