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The File on Thelma Jordon

USA 1950. Dir: Robert Siodmak. 100 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT! ► “Most men have known at least one Thelma Jordon.” Noir luminary Robert Siodmak (Phantom Lady, The Killers, Criss Cross) directs Double Indemnity’s Barbara Stanwyck in this marvellously melodramatic tale of duplicity and murder. Stanwyck is titular femme-fatale Thelma, who worms her way into the affections of unhappily-married assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey). When Thelma’s wealthy aunt is killed and Thelma is charged with the crime, Cleve contrives to prosecute the case himself so that he can deliberately botch it! The gorgeously gloomy cinematography is by prolific George Barnes, who won an Oscar for Hitchcock’s Rebecca and also shot the 1948 noir high-point Force of Evil. “No one is as good as Stanwyck when she is bad ... An unusual mystery with a great performance and superior direction” (Hal Erickson, allmovie.com).


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REVIEWS

"A fine film noir which works an ingenious, intricate variation on the situation in Double Indemnity."

Time Out | full review

"Siodmak directs with his usual skill and polish, but the film really belongs to Barbara Stanwyck who is magnificent ... A romantic, unusual mystery."

New York Times | full review