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The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  18 January 1950 (USA)
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The Assistant DA falls for mysterious Thelma when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate. He is suspicious of her, but weakened as he is love-stuck.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cleve Marshall
Paul Kelly ...
Miles Scott
Joan Tetzel ...
Pamela Blackwell Marshall
Stanley Ridges ...
Kingsley Willis
Richard Rober ...
Tony Laredo
Minor Watson ...
Judge Calvin H. Blackwell
Barry Kelley ...
District Attorney Melvin Pierce
Dolly - Cleve's Secretary (as Laura Elliot)
Basil Ruysdael ...
Judge Jonathan David Hancock
Jane Novak ...
Mrs. Blackwell
Gertrude Hoffman ...
Aunt Vera Edwards (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Harry Antrim ...
Kate Drain Lawson ...
Clara (as Kate Lawson)
Theresa Harris ...


Thelma Jordon is in love with a jewel thief, Tony Laredo, and he persuades her to go live with her rich aunt, and steal her jewels. During the robbery, she shoots her formerly-rich aunt, but makes it look like an outside job. Cleve Marshall, an assistant district attorney, is assigned the case, promptly falls in love with Thelma (and she with him), and he maneuvers and presents the state's case against her in such a manner that she wins an acquittal. And, then, Tony shows up. And nothing, from this point, works out favorable for THelma, Clive or Tony. Written by Les Adams <>

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Tepid film noir that was once a local-TV staple
18 January 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid and local television showed movies from the forties and fifties, there were two I always confused. Both always intrigued me but eventually lost my interest. One was "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers." This was the other.

I guess their polysyllabic titles made them seem similar. So many noirs have short, terse titles.

This has a promising plot and its director did some fine work elsewhere. But "Thelma Jordon" (an alternate title) seems to me to move very slowly.

The supporting players are OK but they don't have the zing that's required of this sort of endeavor. And here is the main problem, in my view: There is no real chemistry between Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey.

She was marvelous in so many movies, spanning the decades. Of course, this invites comparison to "Double Indemnity." There, we really believe that Fred MacMurray is crazy about her and that she is at least doing her best to draw him in. Those two sizzle. These two don't quite fizzle but they dawdle.

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