23 Paces to Baker Street

Synopsis: Famed American playwright Phillip Hannon is in London making revisions to his play currently running in the West End. He is doing this mundane work rather than write a new play since he has retreated from life following the recent and permanent loss of his sight. That retreat from life includes breaking off his engagement to his former secretary, Jean Lennox, who still loves him. One evening at his local pub, he overhears a conversation between a man and a woman that he knows involves criminal activity, what he surmises to be the kidnapping plot of a child in exactly one week's time. The local police patronizingly dismiss his report as the overactive imagination of a blind writer. With Jean and his faithful manservant Bob Matthews by his side - the former with some reluctance on Phil's part - Phil goes on a search to uncover the plot using what little pieces of information he has at hand, which includes the man's name being Evans, the woman, who is involved under duress, working as a n
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
103 min

It's two streets down,

across the road.

Across the road?

Yes. You can see it from here.

Allow me.

Oh thank you.

Have you worked for him long?

Only since he came over here the last time.

Nearly two months.

Is he drinking?

Well, not exactly drinking,

but not exactly not!

Have you known him a long time,

Miss Lennox?

Well, yes. I was his secretary for

three years in New York and here...

and here... wherever he wanted to go.

We were engaged to be married.

And then it happened.

He didn't like having me around.

So I was fired.

I'm sorry.

What's it to be this evening dear?

Scotch, please, double.

Soda or water?

Neither. Straight.

You're American, aren't you?


Then you'd like a bit of ice in it eh?

No thanks. I've learned

to like it your way.

Here we are, then.


What makes you so tired, dear?

It'd be a long dreary story, one

I'm sure you've heard many times before.

But not from a young fellow like you.

Will that do?

That'll do fine. Thank you.

I don't want nothing to do with it,

Mr. Evans. I don't like the sound of it.

You'll like the money, alright.

It'll be more than this last job.

Much more.

But how do I know what you will do with it?

You needn't have to worry about that.

You just do what I tell you, and take the

money and forget it.

It's dirty somehow, when

people have trust in you.

Would you like me to say a little prayer?

You promised that when I went with His

Lordship that would be the last thing.

This is a much bigger come on...

Mary arrives on the tenth. You go

down to meet her and take it over.

Then we take it off your hands and give you

your money. What is simpler than that?

You don't understand.

I might get to like it.

No time for that.

No. No, Mr. Evans. I won't do it.

I won't!

Oh... now listen.

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Nigel Balchin

Nigel Balchin (3 December 1908 – 17 May 1970) was an English novelist and screenwriter particularly known for his novels written during and immediately after World War II: Darkness Falls from the Air, The Small Back Room and Mine Own Executioner. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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