23 Paces to Baker Street ()

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


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Phillip Hannon
Jean Lennox
Bob Matthews
Miss Alice MacDonald
Inspector Grovening
Barmaid at The Eagle
Lady Syrett
Natalie Norwick ...
Janet Murch
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)
Miss Elsie Schuyler (uncredited)
Phyllis Montefiore ...
Mrs. Da Mestre (uncredited)
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)
Shop Customer in Photograph (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Simmons - Hotel Porter (uncredited)

Directed by

Henry Hathaway

Written by

Nigel Balchin ... (screenplay by)
Philip MacDonald ... (novel)

Produced by

Henry Ephron ... producer

Music by

Leigh Harline

Cinematography by

Milton R. Krasner ... director of photography (as Milton Krasner)

Film Editing by

James B. Clark

Editorial Department

Leonard Doss ... color consultant
Orven Schanzer ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

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)

Music Department

Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Lionel Newman ... conductor
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 nanny for a family whose head is formally a lady, that lady having attended a concert that evening, the family living along a certain bus route, and the nanny herself wearing an expensive perfume well beyond her means. His physical disability is an obvious disadvantage. But what may be working to Phil's advantage is his keen sense of dialogue and its subtext in deciphering the conversation, using his other senses which people with sight take for granted, and people, including the criminals, underestimating him because he's blind. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • À vingt-trois pas du mystère (France)
  • A 23 pas du mystére (France)
  • A 23 pasos de Baker Street (Spain)
  • Çifte cinayet (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • 23 Schritte zum Abgrund (West Germany)
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  • 103 min
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Budget $1,375,000 (estimated)

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The depicted Portman Square apartment is directly over the Thames. However, Portman Square is actually about 2 miles from the Thames. See more »
Movie Connections References The House on 92nd Street (1945). 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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