23 Paces To Baker Street

  • 1956
  • 1 HR 43 MIN
  • NR
  • Thriller

Van Johnson plays a blind London writer who lives on Baker Street. He overhears a conversation that reveals a kidnaping plot, so he rushes to the police. They are polite but refuse to believe him. His friends also prove to be no help, humoring the man with a friendly air. However, Johnson knows what he heard is true and engages the help of his fiancee (Miles)...read more

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Van Johnson plays a blind London writer who lives on Baker Street. He overhears a conversation that reveals a kidnaping plot, so he rushes to the police. They are polite but refuse to believe him. His friends also prove to be no help, humoring the man with a friendly air. However, Johnson

knows what he heard is true and engages the help of his fiancee (Miles) and Parker, his secretary, to find the kidnapers. In a darkened room the blind man confronts the kidnapers and is nearly killed in the ensuing struggle. This terrific suspense film takes interesting chances with the genre.

Johnson's character is a study in frustration, a portrait of a man investigating something he knows exists but cannot see. The direction builds tension well and is supported by a fine musical background which heightens the mood. London was subject to what could be termed "creative geography" by

the director. Johnson's Baker Street home overlooks the Thomas River, which in reality is two miles from the noted London street. The film is full of clever locations like this which add to the confusion felt by the blind man. It's a good way to visually present the problems of a sightless man

within a suspense format.

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