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Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Produced: 1956

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States

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Certificate: PG

Studio: Screenbound

Length: 99 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 24 September 2012

Cat No: ODNF343

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Languages(s): English
Interactive Menu
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Screen ratio 1:2.35
Dolby Stereo

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23 Paces to Baker Street

Cast: Estelle Winwood , Vera Miles , Van Johnson , Maurice Denham , Cecil Parker , Patricia Laffan

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1950s mystery thriller starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles. Blind playwright Phillip Hannon (Johnson) overhears a man and a woman talking... Read More

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1950s mystery thriller starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles. Blind playwright Phillip Hannon (Johnson) overhears a man and a woman talking about what he believes to be a possible kidnapping plot. When the police prove to be of no use he decides to carry out his own investigation with his butler, Bob (Cecil Parker), and his ex-fiancée, Jean (Miles), providing assistance.

If you're going to steal, steal from the best: 23 Paces to Baker Street is a smart, sharp thriller that owes not a little to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. Philip Hannon is an American playwright, currently resident in London. One night in a local hostelry, he overhears some crooks preparing a dastardly crime. The police are no help and Philip realises he must step in to protect the victim himself. But there's more: Philip's blind. If he is to solve the case, he will have to place himself directly in harms way.

23 Paces.. isn't quite the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made (that would be Charade) but it comes darn close, with director Henry Hathaway twisting the knife almost as effectively as the Master of Suspense. There's a tremendous sequence where our hero is led into a bombed out building and.. but that would be telling. Incredibly, 23 Paces has never before been available for home viewing in Britain: while it doesn't rival Hitch at his best, it's a thoroughly worthy tribute.

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