The File on Thelma Jordon

The File on Thelma Jordon

DVD - 2013 | Full screen version
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A 1950 film noir directed by noir veteran Robert Siodmak. Barbara Stanwyck plays Thelma Jordon, a woman who seduces the married Assistant District Attorney and pulls him into a web of theft and murder. Her aunt's mansion is burglarized and the woman is murdered. Thelma calls the Assistant DA to help her cover up evidence that may incriminate her. When she emerges as the prime suspect, the infatuated Assistant DA tries to sabotage the prosecution.
Publisher: [St. Charles, Ill.] : Olive Films, c2013
Edition: Full screen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 21, 2015

Barbara Stanwyck was 43 years old but sure was one femme fetale on the silver screen. Wendell Corey was 36 and played an alcoholic lawyer no longer true to his wife. Oddly Corey in real life was an alcoholic and actually did die from cirrhosis of the liver from alcoholic poisoning. No one in their right mind would ever think a woman like Stanwyck would be attracted to a flat-lined personality like Wendell Corey. But the film is good noir and is a must see for any real fan.

voisjoe1 Jun 23, 2014

Wendell Corey and Barbara Stanwyck are attached to other people, but start an affair. Significant others don’t exactly go for this illicit affair and eventually we get a murder. Hey, if our characters were perfect citizens, the movie would just not be so much fun to watch. Actor Paul Kelly, Corey’s sidekick in the film, actually killed somebody in real life about 20 years before this film (2 years in the pen for manslaughter with fists), so we have at least one actor with a little experience. Kelly, somebody I’ve seen many times (but never knew his name), actually has been a character actor in about 400 films. This film noir was way better than I thought it was going to be.

Jan 10, 2014

Siodmak made some of the best noirs around, including The Killers and Criss Cross. The long unavailable Thelma Jordan, which has as many elements of melodrama as noir, may not quite be in that league, but it's ably constructed and wholly engrossing. Barbara Stanwyck is never less than compelling.


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