The File on Thelma Jordon
As femme fatale Thelma Jordan, Stanwyck works her magic on an assistant DA and a cop.
Dir Robert Siodmak
With Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Stanley Ridges, Paul Kelly
In an imaginative variation on the Double Indemnity theme, the eponymous femme fatale (Stanwyck, dependably great) works her magic on an assistant DA (Corey) and a cop (Kelly) who are investigating her aunt’s death during a robbery. Jordon’s guile toys with the DA’s feckless emotions like a cat with a mouse; Siodmak’s typically meticulous direction delineates the power-play with precision and subtlety.