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The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 January 1950 (USA)
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
Miles Scott
Joan Tetzel ...
Pamela Blackwell Marshall
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)
Judge Jonathan David Hancock
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. Her aunt gets shot. Cleve Marshall, an assistant district attorney, is assigned the case, promptly falls in love with Thelma (and she with him). And, then, Tony shows up. And nothing, from this point, works out favorable for Thelma, Clive or Tony. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1951 with Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey reprising their film roles. See more »


Cleve Marshall sits down at the desk opposite Miles Scott and says "Can't talk 'til I have another drink." Scott picks up the whiskey bottle and pulls out the cork before handing it to Marshall. Marshall picks up the bottle and again pulls out the cork. See more »


Thelma Jordon: I wish so much crime didn't take place after dark. It's so unnerving.
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Good Stanwyck, pallid Corey, fair film noir...
22 September 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

BARBARA STANWYCK was fast becoming the mistress of film noir, especially after her scintillating turn as the deceitful woman who sets a trap for Fred MacMurray in DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

Here she sets a similar trap for WENDELL COREY, an unhappily married man who is trying to forget his wife and children with booze and self-pity. When Thelma strolls into his office asking for help, he can't resist the temptation to give her all his attention--and then some.

It's standard film noir material again for Stanwyck, and she handles it like a pro. But there's an almost predictable way the script toys with its main characters and you can almost see the ending is not going to give Stanwyck a chance to get away with her schemes, which include murdering her rich aunt and getting rid of her lover.

It's directed in almost too leisurely fashion by Robert Siodmak who fails to make it the taut, tense mystery it could have been. As it is, it holds the attention firmly during the last twenty minutes but there are a lot of lapses in the screenplay that cause some dull spots.

As the romantic lead, WENDELL COREY doesn't have the star power that Fred MacMurray had and that's part of the trouble. But since it's Stanwyck's film all the way, it's not that much of a drawback.

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