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The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Marty Holland (story), Ketti Frings (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Thelma Jordon
Wendell Corey ... 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
Kasey Rogers ... 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 Harry Antrim ... Sidney
Kate Drain Lawson Kate Drain Lawson ... Clara (as Kate Lawson)
Theresa Harris ... Esther
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Storyline

Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall, depressed about marital troubles, is drowning his sorrows in a bottle of whiskey when the mysterious and alluring Thelma Jordon walks in to report an attempted burglary. The two become romantically involved and not long afterwards there is a burglary and murder at Thelma's aunt's house. Cleve is drawn further and further into defending and covering up for Thelma. It soon becomes clear that this road will only lead to disaster. Written by B.A. Black

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Maybe I am just a dame and didn't know it! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Thelma Jordon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The children acting as Wendell Corey's children in the film are actually his real-life children. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thelma Jordon: Tony! You scared me!
Tony Laredo: I didn't mean to. I hate to be an eavesdropper.
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I don't think of him anymore because of you.
15 November 2013 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

Wendell Corey had a long career in film and television. In this film he plays Cleve Marshall, an assistant DA who is staying late at the office to avoid going home on his anniversary because his father-in-law (Minor Watson) is there.

While he knocking back shots as fast as he can pour them, in walks Thelma Jordan (Barbara Stanwyck) looking for help. Now, one would certainly be suspicious if a beauty like that immediately began a relationship, but our intrepid hero is too drunk to notice, and, after all, he wants to go out and find a dame.

He is no better the next day when his wife (Joan Tetzel) takes the kids to the beach house, and leaves him alone during the week.

As one would expect in film noir, everything is not as it seems. Cleve gets himself into hot water and uses all his wits to get out.

I have to admit the ending was a big surprise.


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