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The File on Thelma Jordon Reviews

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½ August 18, 2015
Film noir melodrama that suffers from pacing issues but with Barbara Stanwyck at its centre is very watchable.
½ March 17, 2015
a classic film noir movie in my top 20 film noir list,i seen this movie 3 times.
January 9, 2015
One of the noir cycle's best titles ushers in one of its better offerings. Barbara Stanwyck's assumption of the title role, of course, gives the picture a running start. She had worked with Billy Wilder - and helped to shape the cycle - in Double Indemnity, and was to work with Fritz Lang in Clash by Night and even Anthony Mann in The Furies (a western, yes, but a dark one), all key noir craftsmen. Here her director is the no less central Robert Siodmak, and her performances in this and the other titles cited (plus The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and at least five other suspense films of the 1940s and 1950s) cement her sobriquet as the First Lady of Film Noir... Hooked And Begging For More--The combination of an unhappy man with an ambitious woman is a formula for disaster, as we have seen in a lot of film noir offerings. In this story, Cleve Marshall, and assistant D.A., proves to be the perfect target for what a scheming lady like Thelma Jordon has in mind. From the start, Thelma is too happy to oblige the interest and the passion she incites in Cleve... Once a dame, always a dame-Turns out she was a Dame with a conscience!!
½ July 12, 2014
An Assistant DA is torn between two different women, two different lifestyles: with his respectable wife (and kids), the daughter of a retired judge; or with Barbara Stanwyck, as the troubled/decadent niece of a (murdered) rich old lady. And Stanwyck herself is similarly torn! But it has a ridiculous, convenient, unsatisfying ending.
½ April 9, 2014
Barbara Stanwyck is fabulous as always as the femme fatale and Wendell Corey is also impressive. Curiously enough, the screenplay contains too much levity and Robert Siodmak's direction is too light for the movie to be regarded as a classic noir. That being said, this is a movie well worth watching with an interesting if somewhat predictable storyline.
January 29, 2012
Greatest Femmes Fatales in Classic Film Noir
December 9, 2011
Whodunnit? There aren't really any surprises; Thelma asks for help from the district attorney's office in solving break-ins at her aunt's house and begins an affair with the married assistant DA. When her aunt is murdered she ends up in court with him as prosecutor in a story whose turns can mostly be predicted.
½ June 27, 2011
Solid little Stanwyck noir that's not terribly demanding but well made.
½ March 11, 2011
It's a pretty good film noir--in some ways it follows the standard noir formula (double-crossing women, people dying in fiery car crashes), and Corey and Stanwyck's chemistry is altogether disappointing, but the story is good, and Stanwyck plays Thelma in such a way that you're never entirely sure of where she stands (which is a good thing). It's a good second-tier film noir, pretty much.
March 11, 2011
Barbara Stanwyck is up to her old tricks again as femme fatale Thelma Jordon (not Jordan), who gets married assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall (played by an unprepossessing Wendell Corey *) involved in the murder of her wealthy aunt. Fun little noir.

*I spent much of the movie wondering what two lovelies like Stanwyck and Joan Tetzel, who played his long-suffering wife, saw in the guy.
½ March 11, 2011
Impressive Barbara Stanwyck performance enhances this film noir crime melodrama. Great story with plenty of twists along the way to keep the viewer interested. Effective cinematography, very well written and exciting throughout. Stanwyck makes it all work.
½ March 11, 2011
a solid and well made smoldering film noir with barnara stanwyck as her usual femme fatale hammy self. definetely kept my interest with some ncie twists and an interesting plot
½ March 11, 2011
Barbara Stanwyck in classic film noir. Enjoyable twists and turns as the plot rolls along.
½ March 11, 2011
It just never could get the hook in.
½ May 10, 2010
There are few things more awesome than Barbara Stanwyck using a car's cigarette lighter as a weapon.
½ April 3, 2010
71/100. Impressive Barbara Stanwyck performance enhances this film noir crime melodrama. Great story with plenty of twists along the way to keep the viewer interested. Effective cinematography, very well written and exciting throughout. Stanwyck makes it all work.
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