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Another Fox MOD DVD released in pan and scan rather than the film's 2.55 ratio.I need to get going that the UK DVD by Odeon Entertainment that this is a CinemaScope transfer of it's proper 2.55 ratio.TCM had aired in the Fall of 2012 which is the pan and scan version.No need to review it.If Turner Classic Movies cannot get a CinemaScope print and we all have this DVD which is the darn pan and scan version! I will also not buy this DVD. It needs to be in CinemaScope widescreen.A
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
- Mr. Blandings
Pretty good film. Very Hitchcockian. I do wish it had been more suspenseful, however. Van Johnson does a good job but Vera Miles lacks sparkle and makes one appreciate Grace Kelly in "Rear Window" all the more. The actor who steals the show, though, is Cecil Parker as the butler. I know him best as the king in "Court Jester" and he is wonderful here as well. Just wish the whole film packed more of a wallop. But I agree, these are the kinds of "lost" films that TCM should be showing more. There's only so many times one can show "North By Northwest" after all ...
23 paces to Baker St great movie. I saw this movie yrs. ago, when we didn't have a TCM just a local late night movie and they would play all these great dramas and suspense stories. It was a good movie, but TCM never showed it if TCM did it was a long time ago. So many of your movies are repeated over and over. Jeannette and Nelson Ginger & Fred. etc. these are talented people no doubt about it, but how about a change, stop the repeats, and gives us more like 23 paces. The reviews on this movie are all good. should give you an idea that TCM should be showing more.
IN THE WORDS OF MISS PEGGY LEE . . .
- Dan Hand
. . . "Is that all there is...?!?"The film has held up even better than I had anticipated, prior to my re-viewing it, last night; but, I was disappointed that even TCM (which, I assume, had to borrow its print from the Fox Movie Channel, or some other current owner of the television-distribution rights!?!) could only manage to get ahold of a standard-television print-- i.e., pan-and-scan, rather than letterbox. This film was a major studio production, in its time, and it was filmed and released in CinemaScope, with a 2.55:1 aspect ratio. To see all but the opening and closing frames chopped down to size, even if in nicely maintained DeLuxe color, was a serious disappointment. This film is so rarely shown on television, I do suspect that there is some ownership intrigue that is to blame for it, and likewise for the lack of letterboxing, even on TCM!?!?! Hmmmm....
Little Known Suspenser
- Bruce Reber
I was watching TCM's "Disability In Film" festival Tuesday night 10/16/12 and saw that "23 Paces To Baker Street" starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles was going to air. I gave it a look and I was surprised how really good a suspense film this is. IMO it's a hybrid of the Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" and "Wait Until Dark", because "23 Paces" has elements of both these classics - Van Johnson playing a blind playwright overhears what he thinks is a kidnapping plot, but when he tells the police and his girlfriend about it they don't believe him; towards the end when he hears the killer coming up the stairs he turns out all of the lights so that he'll be on an even playing field with the killer. The London locations (especially the pea soup fog) provide the perfect atmosphere. Estelle Winwood also good as the barmaid. Show it again soon TCM!
Great Mystery Flick
- Bryan Cassiday
Great movie! Why did it take so long for you to finally show it?
- Jeanne E.
I saw "23 Paces to Baker Street" as a child and never forgot it. It has held up well and should be re-made. Hollywood producers where are you? A real story with real suspense! The public is starved for this!This is also the time to release this film to video. It is a must have! Thank you TURNER for running this film on October 16th....I want to see it again.
A Great Film!
- Sherry Wilkns
Watched this on TCM tonight and loved it. Great acting, great suspense. To me it's not just a good "disabled-character"movie. It's just a good movie period! Love this kind of mystery film!
I've seen this movie a few times. Tonight, it's raining. I have a light on in the back room. My dog is asleep by my chair. I have a large scotch & water at my hand.This movie is only truly great when in a perfect atmosphere at the exact right time. No whimsy. A committment to viewing the film.My favorite Van Johnson. Enjoy.
- Dan Hand
This is one of the relatively few movies that actually deserves the appellation of "Hitchcockian"-- i.e., it is a film that one can readily imagine Sir Alfred Hitchcock having made himself (as opposed to a film that is merely of the typical genre that Hitchcock specialized in, during his long career). I am sure that it might seem a bit dated now, especially to younger viewers, compared to when I first saw it myself, as a child, in the mid-1960s; but, Henry Hathaway did a marvelous job of matching a typical Hitchcock thriller-- much as Stanley Donen was to do, seven years later, in "Charade" (using Hitchcock-favorite Cary Grant)-- and, even younger viewers should be able to appreciate the film, realizing that it was made in a different era, when graphic sex, violence and mind-numbing special effects were not the standard fare that viewers were either seeking or offered.
23 paces to Baker Street
I would love to get a copy of the movie "23 paces to Baker Street" with Van Johnson. Only saw it once and I would like to have it in my collection. Where can I purchase a DVD?
23 paces to Baker Street (1956)
- Celia Trimboli
Glad to see this film is available on DVD. I am going to order it as soon as I can. Great mystery.
I can't believe that this film isn't available on DVD ? This is a classic thriller/suspense movie.But at the very least you should be playing it on your program.Please play this film !!!!
i want to see 23 paces to baker street
this is a captivating movie from thebeginning to the end. please show this movie soon, maybe a van johnson tribute.
23 PACES TO BAKER STREET
A VERY GOOD FILM AND SHOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC ON DVD TO ENJOY.