The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)



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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.

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Les Adams <[email protected]>

Thelma Jordon, late one night, shows up in the office of married Assistant DA Cleve Marshall. 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. Thelma has a plan up her sleeve that will ruin Corey if his love for her and his own weakness win out. Thelma has a heart and a conscience. She comes to love Cleve, and has concern for his life and his future. Despite her wish that her life could be different, she realizes that she belongs in a lawless world.

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Genre: Crime,Drama,Film-Noir,Mystery

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
Release Date: 18 January 1950 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Robert Siodmak
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Wendell Corey
  • Paul Kelly
  • Joan Tetzel
  • Stanley Ridges
  • Richard Rober
  • Minor Watson
  • Barry Kelley
  • Kasey Rogers
  • Basil Ruysdael
  • Jane Novak
  • Gertrude Hoffman
  • Harry Antrim
  • Kate Drain Lawson
  • Theresa Harris

6 Responses to The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

  1. ksf-2
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    possible spoilers: Soooooo many similarities to Double Indemnity, released six years earlier, also Paramount… but stories are credited to two different authors. Stanwyck also worked with Wendell Corey in Sorry Wrong Number and The Furies.

  2. dorrity
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    I’d love to know where the outside scenes were filmed. Very interesting architecture. How can a film like this with such a fantastic cast not have a filming location listed?

    Paula Jo

  3. cantaloupee
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    I’ve read that Thelma dies at the end. I recorded this movie to VHS, but the tape ran out and I missed few minutes of the end. Last thing I saw was Thelma and Tony in a car discussing about cigarette case.

    What happens after that, how does Thelma die? Does Tony die too? Please help.

  4. Jeffthinx
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    The synopsis writen by handlinghandel sure pegged it about the chemistry between Barbara and Wendell…or more accurately, the lack thereof. It was painful. I don’t mean to be gratuitously cruel but there were times when his eyes made him look like some kind of alien or zombie.

    And let’s see if I can do this without spoilers: Once we got past the "critical moment" with auntie the play between Corey and Stanwick was all business, and that worked much better. They just didn’t do the "affair" part very well. I’ve always liked him, but he just ain’t the romantic lead type.

    Anyway, it was a good thriller with interesting twists…and suggestions of twists. A good noir mystery. I’ll say 6 1/2 or 7 out of 10.

    Oh, and here’s one that should go in the "goofs" catagory: The car they were riding in at the end changed to an older clunker before…oops…coulda been another spoiler. Well, you’ll see.

    Ciao, e buon auguri

  5. peterholmes
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    Thank-you bmcy for that great review of this classic 40s noir; very informed, positive yet poised. Now that I’ve read and heard so much about it, my only question is, why is this classic currently not available anywhere ? What do we have to do to get whoever the manufacturers are to release (re-release ?) this masterpiece ? Any ideas, comments, suggestions very welcome.

  6. moviesvideoman
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    Nice addition to my library,thanks.

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