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The File on Thelma Jordon (1949)





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No one is as good as Barbara Stanwyck when she's bad. Here Stanwyck plays Thelma Jordon, a woman who late one night shows up in the office of happily married Assistant DA Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) to seek help in solving the string of robberies at her wealthy aunt's estate. Before Cleve can stop himself, he and Thelma are involved in an illicit affair. But Thelma is a mysterious woman, and Cleve can't help wondering if she is hiding something. His suspicions are confirmed when Thelma confesses to him that she is married to Tony Laredo, though she swears that she never wants to see him again. When Thelma's aunt is found murdered, Cleve's suspicions are aroused once again, but he is too love-struck to keep himself from being drawn into the complicated series of events that ultimately lead to his ruination. Siodmak directs with his usual skill and polish, but the film really belongs to Barbara Stanwyck who is magnificent as Thelma. Unlike the usual cold, passionless femme fatale of film noir, Thelma has a heart and a conscience. She comes to love Cleve, and has concern for his life and his future. However, despite her wish that her life could be different, she realizes that she belongs in Tony's world, and despite her attempts to sacrifice herself to save Cleve, he is doomed, by his love for her and by his own weaknesses. The File on Thelma Jordan is a romantic, unusual mystery, with a great performance and superior direction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Barbara Stanwyck
as Thelma Jordon
Wendell Corey
as Cleve Marshall
Paul Kelly
as Miles Scott
Joan Tetzel
as Pamela Blackwell Marshall
Stanley Ridges
as Kingsley Willis
Richard Rober
as Tony Laredo
Minor Watson
as Judge Calvin Blackwell
Barry Kelley
as District Attorney Pierce
Basil Ruysdael
as Judge Hancock
Jane Novak
as Mrs. Blackwell
Gertrude W. Hoffman
as Aunt Vera Edwards
Byron Barr
as McCary
Gig Young
as McCarty
Jonathan Corey
as Timmy Marshall
Robin Corey
as Joan Marshall
Garry Owen
as Bailiff
Steve Roberts
as Jury Foreman
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Asher
Stan Johnson
as Young Melvin Pierce
Virginia Hunter
as Secretary to the District Attorney
Nolan Leary
as Court Clerk
Rodney Bell
as Withers
Dorothy Klewer
as Woman Prisoners
Michael Ann Barrett
as Woman Prisoners
Fairy Cunningham
as Woman Prisoners
Geraldine Jordan
as Woman Prisoners
Lynn Whitney
as Woman Prisoners
Dot Farley
as Woman Prisoners
Lee Phelps
as Chauffeur
Kenneth Tobey
as Police Photographer
Tony Merrill
as Reporter
Eric Alden
as Reporter
Jack Roberts
as Reporter
Jerry James
as Reporter
Nick Cravat
as Reporter
Lew Harvey
as Court Reporter
Bill Hawes
as Spectator
Jim Davies
as Bailiff
Caroline Fitzharris
as Cook's Daughter
John Cortay
as Deputy Sheriff
Ethel Bryant
as Woman Deputy
Mary Gordon
as Charwoman
Eddie Parks
as Proprietor
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Critic Reviews for The File on Thelma Jordon

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The performances by both Stanwyck and Corey are strong.

November 23, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The File on Thelma Jordon


Wendell Corey as a smart assistant district attorney, bored with his marriage, who meets a mysterious woman that nonetheless "gets" all of his jokes. As smart as the guy is, he never questions the timing of the meeting, even while it seems to work in her favor more and more. Babs, of course, is the woman, a girl who never met a situation that she couldn't twist while looking you dead in the eye. Noir dreamers, come home. Paul Kelly's good too.

Kevin M. Williams
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