The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

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Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey), Assistant D.A., is avoiding going home to his wife and kids because of his meddling father-in-law. His wife is nice, but too much daddy's girl, emasculating the husband she loves and leaving him vulnerable to the understanding Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck). She walks into his office when he's tight, to ask the police for extra protection at her aunt's house. Seeing he's a decent guy, despite his current state, his charm convinces her to take him for a drink. Though nothing happens, the match has been lit, and soon the flame burns bright blue and orange.

One night Thelma's aunt in murdered during a break-in and everything changes. A rushed attempt by Cleve and Thelma to alter the crime scene goes south, and suspicion falls immediately on her. Her past with a gambler named Tony Laredo (Richard Rober) and a will leaving everything to Thelma force his office to charge her with murder. Knowing he's the mystery man seen with her, Cleve craftily manipulates the jury after wangling the prosecutor's chair through less than above board means, hoping he can subtly sabotage the trial in her favor. That's when the film begins anew. For those who think they've seen this all before, there is a terrific twist at the end, with a return to the more romantic framing which had disappeared during the drama of the trial.


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 H. Blackwell
Barry Kelley as District Attorney Melvin Pierce
Kasey Rogers (Laura Elliot) as Dolly - Cleve's Secretary
Basil Ruysdael as Judge Jonathan David Hancock
Jane Novak as Mrs. Blackwell
Gertrude Hoffman as Aunt Vera Edwards
Harry Antrim as Sidney
Kate Lawson as Clara
Jonathan Corey as Timmy Marshall
Robin Corey as Joan Marshall
Kenneth Tobey as Police Photographer

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