23 Paces to Baker Street


Crime / Mystery / Thriller

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Vera Miles as Jean Lennox
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Van Johnson as Phillip Hannon
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949.58 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
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English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hitchcockthelegend7 / 10

A truly pleasant surprise.

Philip Hannon is a blind playwright residing in London, during one of his R&R moments at the local public house, he overhears part of a conversation that suggests the vile kidnapping of a child. Getting the police force to take him seriously proves hard to achieve, so with the help of his trusty butler and his ex fiancée, Jean Lennox, he hopes to avert a dastardly crime.

Well well well, sometimes you can tune into a film not expecting much more than a B movie rush, yet just occasionally you get submarined and get a mysterious treat that deserves far better support than it actually gets. I have been delighted to log on to this films page and see that others have been entertained by this picture as much as myself. This is not ground breaking or even remotely original, in fact it does play out as some sort of cheap knock off idea that Hitchcock turned down in his sleep, but you know what? Sometimes a film can be great just for having an honest will to entertain the viewers with suspense and mystery being its main fortitudes.

Henry Hathaway directs and it's just another film to prove that as up and down as his career was, he was never afraid to tackle different genres, here, with the London location totally interesting, he manages to knit it all together with impressive results. Van Johnson has his critics, and it would be foolish of me to not concur that at times he has been wooden, but here as the blind Phillip Hannon, he shows that if given good enough roles he was more than able to rise to the challenge. Not one to revisit often for sure, but seriously recommended to those who like the genre and are stuck for a good film to watch. 7/10

Reviewed by bkoganbing7 / 10

Blind Man's Bluff

Van Johnson's highly developed senses of sound and odor go a long way in 23 Paces To Baker Street. Although there's no reference at all to Baker Street's most famous resident in literature, Johnson turns out to be quite the detective himself although he had two premises initially wrong.

The blind Johnson is an American author living in London and keeping company with fellow expatriate Vera Miles. His only living companion is his valet Cecil Parker. While enjoying a drink at a nearby pub, he overhears what sounds like a criminal plot of kidnapping. Of course when he takes his suspicions to Scotland Yard they are understandably dubious.

Without sight and not being able to write apparently even braille, Johnson records the conversation on his tape recorder and goes over and over it.

What I liked about 23 Paces To Baker Street and Johnson's performance in it is that it shows Johnson making use of his other senses which in turn give him a kind of mission in life as opposed to being bitter about his fate. On the other hand he certainly has obvious vulnerabilities which the bad guys take advantage of. There is a harrowing scene in a bombed out building from the Blitz in which Johnson is nearly killed.

Young Natalie Norwood as an unwilling participant in the plot is also a standout here. And Patricia Laffan who was both Poppaea in Quo Vadis and the Devil Girl From Mars is equally villainous here.

Nice job all around with director Henry Hathaway getting great performances from Johnson, Miles, and the British cast supporting them.

Reviewed by MartinHafer8 / 10

Much like "The Rear Window" and "Wait Until Dark" rolled into one.

"23 Paces to Baker Street" is a suspense film starring Van Johnson as Phillip Hannon--a famous writer who is living in London. However, he's become blind and a bit bitter...with little to motivate him other than revisions on his latest play. However, when he overhears snippets of a conversation in a pub, he suddenly is energized and finds more purpose to his life. It seems that the pair who were talking were planning some sort of crime--but what it is and who they were is a mystery. So, Phillip puts the few pieces he has together and with the help of his manservant and lady friend (Vera Miles),they slowly work the case. At the same time, the police show little interest as Phillip's evidence is very sketchy to say the least.

This is an exciting film...especially the big finale. Is it realistic? Probably not...but it wasn't hard to suspend disbelief and enjoy.

By the way, it is interesting seeing so many vistas of London circa 1956. Compared to today, it's just awful....choked with orange smog and very, very hazy. It's nice to see how much things have changed for the better over the years.

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