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The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 May 1950 (Australia)
Assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thelma Jordon
... Cleve Marshall
... Miles Scott
... Pamela Blackwell Marshall
... Kingsley Willis
... Tony Laredo
... Judge Calvin H. Blackwell
... District Attorney Melvin Pierce
... Dolly - Cleve's Secretary (as Laura Elliot)
... Judge Jonathan David Hancock
... Mrs. Blackwell
... Aunt Vera Edwards (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Harry Antrim ... Sidney
Kate Drain Lawson ... Clara (as Kate Lawson)
... Esther
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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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The children acting as Wendell Corey's children in the film are actually his real-life children. See more »

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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 »

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Thelma Jordon: I wish so much crime didn't take place after dark. It's so unnerving.
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That Room/ The Smell of Death
20 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck, (Thelma Jordon) plays the role of a woman exactly like the one she played with Fred MacMurray in " Double Indemnity" where she has some very dark secrets in her past. Wendell Corey, (Cleve Marshall) plays the role as an Assistant District Attorney and Thelma meets up with Cleve in his office late at night and Cleve has been drinking a lot of booze because he has problems with his wife and he becomes very involved with Thelma who needs a lawyers assistance. Cleve gets romantically involved with Thelma even though he has a wife and children. Thelma's aunt who is very rich is murdered and she does not report her death right away and seeks Cleve's help in trying to take the blame off of her. Thelma complains to Cleve that she hated the room where her aunt was murdered and it smelled of death and she lost her sense of self-control. This film will keep you guessing how this film will eventually end and who actually committed these murders. This is a great mystery story from 1950.


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