Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States
Length: 99 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 24 September 2012
Cat No: ODNF343
Screen ratio 1:2.35
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23 Paces to Baker Street
1950s mystery thriller starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles. Blind playwright Phillip Hannon (Johnson) overhears a man and a woman talking... Read More
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.