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23 Paces to Baker Street [Import]

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When a blind man overhears a kidnapping plot, the only thing more difficult than foiling it is getting someone to believe him. Without the help of friends or the authorities, the man, along with his fiancé, pieces together the clues of the mystery, all of which are sound.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warrant for X Nov. 9 2013
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
The movie is based on the book "Warrant for X" by Philip MacDonald. So it has a lot of the same characters as in the movie "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963).

The story has changed a tad form the book. Van Johnson plays a blind playwright (they never say how he got blinded) At first being blind seems like a gimmick but you soon get swept up in the film and the great acting by Van Johnson and it seems perfectly normal.

Phillip Hannon (Van Johnson) over hears two people plotting something sinister but being blind he does not know what they look like. He tells the authorities but they fluff him off. So with the help of his man Bob Matthews (Cecil Parker) and his ex-betrothed Jean Lennox (Vera Miles) they track down their only lead Miss Alice MacDonald (Patricia Laffan who played Devil Girl From Mars"). We watch as Phil has to use his skills to find the plotters before it is too late.

I watch this movie about once a month like clockwork. I know most of the dialog by heart. At one point Phil tells Bob to call Miss Lennox a taxi; I cannot help myself and say "Miss Lennox you are a taxi".

All kidding aside you will also find yourself watching it again and again for the nuances and some things that seem missing as if they cut something out here and there.

Warrant For X (An Anthony Gethryn Mystery)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fox pan and scan! March 2 2013
By Hank - Published on Amazon.com
This great Cinemascope film is another issue from Fox in pan and scan. Why they keep doing this is of course beyond
any one's comprehension.
I thankfully have Fox's official Spanish release in all its 2.35 widescreen glory.
As I have remarked in previous reviews, why do Fox keep on issuing 2.35 films in 1.33 pan and scan?
The 5 stars are of course for the film itself.
I have just found out that it has been issued in the U.K. in 2.35 ratio and is available from
Amazon.co.uk This is obviously the one to buy.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Suspense Film Noir. April 5 2010
By Glow Worm - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent Hitchcockian mystery thriller about an emotionally volatile & embittered mystery writer (Van Johnson) who is blind and overhears a partial conversation he believes is related to the planning of a kidnapping. Due to the skepticism of the authorities he becomes obsessed with trying to solve the case by himself. Complicated characters with an unconventional villian and targeted victim. Filmed on location there is a wonderful 1950s London ambience to the picture.
Great cast and exciting entertainment. Directed by film noir master Henry Hathaway--also underrated.

"23 Paces To Baker Street" is the perfect film to watch on a long rainy afternoon, so pour yourself a cup of tea (or whatever) and enjoy this neglected gem.

Sorry, but I cannot vouch for the print quality of this film. Buyer beware.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More pan & scan awfulness from News Corporation March 5 2013
By Fan of Fred Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't believe I fell for it again-- maybe because I love anything Van Johnson and Vera Miles are in and I've wanted this movie for years. It's nice of News Corporation (multimedia conglomerate owner of the proud 20th Century Fox film library) to include the original poster art-- with "CinemaScope" blaring across the cover. But push play and sure enough it's Pan & Scan. Absolutely no respect for its customers, after all the complaints about previous DVD issues in this series. They should be boycotted. But I want these movies so badly I'll probably buy pre-widescreen era releases-- I just refuse to buy anything that's widescreen era from this joke of a company. Long live Warner Archive-- and News Corp can go to you know where.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another FOX screw up!!! March 5 2013
By Len D. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
FYI, This was broadcast on TCM earlier in the year and was also shown PAN & SCAN so you know if TCM cannot get a scope print, then all we have is the darn PAN & SCAN version, which is a shame. What does FOX do with their SCOPE negatives of these films? It's like all they have are the older TV prints.
Another excellent FOX film is "Prince of Players", about the Booth family, but every time it is shown on FMC it is the PAN & SCAN version! Hope they release a Region 2 of this film in SCOPE.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Pan & Scan? BUMMER! March 4 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I want to let everyone who is interested in this excellent film
to know that I just called 20th Century Fox (1. 888. 223. 4369)
and was told this film will be released in widescreen. I spoke to
a young woman who said, according to her information, it will not
be released in pan & scan. I am not all that sure that we can take
that as fact, but that's what she told me.

I just had it confirmed today (3/5/13) that this great film will
be released in pan & scan. I urge everyone who is angry to call Fox:
1. 888. 223. 4369 Complain to Fox so they will re-consider
this terrible policy. They keep shooting themselves in the foot!
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