23 Paces to Baker Street

23 Paces to Baker Street

Henry Hathaway (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
Former musical star Van Johnson stars in this cracking London-set thriller, playing a blind playwright who overhears a kidnap plot. Londoners will enjoy seeing director Henry Hathaway's skewwhiff city geography, and there's a fair amount of traditional fog, too. But, despite the clichés, the suspense is kept taut, the English support cast is faultless and American import Vera Miles is notably sympathetic. This film was one of a series of 20th Century-Fox British-set movies made in the 1950s, which also included hits such as The Man Who Never Was and Sink the Bismarck!.


A blind playwright overhears a conversation in a London pub concerning a kidnapped child. He goes straight to the police, but they dismiss his story as the product of an overactive imagination, forcing him to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his fiancee and secretary, he sets out to rescue the child and catch the crooks - but his only clue is the scent of a distinctive perfume. Thriller, with Van Johnson, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan and Vera Miles.

Cast & Crew

Phillip Hannon Van Johnson
Jean Lennox Vera Miles
Bob Matthews Cecil Parker
Miss Alice MacDonald Patricia Laffan
Inspector Grovening Maurice Denham
Barmaid Estelle Winwood
Mr Murch / Joe Liam Redmond
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD