5th Annual Van Johnson Blogathon – 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

This is a review for the The 5th Annual Van Johnson Blogathon taking place this week and being hosted by Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Tnx for letting me partake Michaela!

“[blind man] Well how does it look? Is it beautiful?” – Philip Hannon

“Yes… yes, very beautiful – view, buildings.” – Bob Matthews

“[sarcastically] You make it all so vivid, I can almost see it.” – Philip Hannon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A blind writer living in England who is suffering from writers block overhears a conspiracy involving murder and extortion and tries to solve the mystery.

My Take on it –This is another film that I came across by accident during my research for this blogathon.

Great mystery that works really well due to the performance of Van Johnson in the lead role and helps make his character’s blindness seems more realistic.

The film’s title alludes to Sherlock Holmes and the character’s use of deductive reasoning is quite reminiscent of the master sleuth’s methods.

The story unfolds in a great way and allows the viewer to slowly take in everything that happens along the way.

There are some great twists and turns in the story that help to raise the level of suspense throughout which helps keep things so engaging to watch unfold.

The supporting cast is also great with Vera Miles standing out among them all.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The curious title (a clear allusion to Sherlock Holmes) is only referenced once, when Phil helps a lost, bespectacled man find his way in the fog. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “5th Annual Van Johnson Blogathon – 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

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