23 Paces to Baker Street

23 Paces to Baker Street

Infobox Film
name = 23 Paces to Baker Street

image_size =
caption = Original poster
director = Henry Hathaway
producer = Henry Ephron
writer = Philip MacDonald (novel)
Nigel Balchin (screenplay)
narrator =
starring = Van Johnson
Vera Miles
music = Leigh Harline
cinematography = Milton R. Krasner
editing = James B. Clark
distributor = Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
released = May 18 1956
runtime = 103 min.
country = United States
language = English language
budget =
gross =
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website =
amg_id = 1:114713
imdb_id = 0048919

"23 Paces to Baker Street" is a 1956 American drama film released by 20th Century Fox. The Hitchcockian mystery thriller, filmed in Cinemascope on location in London, focuses on Philip Hannon, a blind playwright who overhears a partial conversation he believes is related to the planning of a kidnapping. When the authorities fail to take action because they believe his story is the product of a writer's fertile imagination, Hannon searches for the child with the help of his butler and fiancée, using his acute sense of hearing to gather evidence and serve as guidance.

Nigel Balchin's screenplay, based on a novel by Philip MacDonald, was directed by Henry Hathaway.

Principal cast

*Van Johnson as Phillip Hannon
*Vera Miles as Jean Lennox
*Cecil Parker as Bob Matthews
*Maurice Denham as Inspector Grovening
*Isobel Elsom as Lady Syrett
*Estelle Winwood as Barmaid
*Liam Redmond as Mr. Murch
*Isobel Elsom as Lady Syrett
*Martin Benson as Pillings
*Natalie Norwick as Janet Murch
*Terence de Marney as Sergeant Luce

Critical reception

In his review in the "New York Times", Bosley Crowther observed, "a large part of this picture is curiously casual and slow, as Van Johnson, as the blind man, bores the mischief out of everybody with his hazy suspicions . . . . for that matter, he bores the audience, too. Lots of unimpressed fellows were ho-humming in the balcony at Loew's State yesterday . . . matters do start popping about half or two-thirds of the way along, when it is finally discovered, through various coincidences, that something has been cooking all the time. But you have to depend on Mr. Johnson — and Nigel Balchin, the screenwriter — to give you the details "after" they've been discovered. This is not a good way to get people interested in a mystery show . . . it would be a more exciting picture if it got going with a little more snap, established a more compelling mystery and built up some genuine suspense."

External links

*imdb title|0048919
* [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=2&res=9801E0D91F3FE23BBC4152DFB366838D649EDE&oref=slogin&oref=login "New York Times" review]

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