Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

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This week’s mystery movie was the 1950 Paramount film “The File on Thelma Jordon,” with Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly, Joan Tetzel, Stanley Ridges, Richard Rober, Minor Watson, Barry Kelley and Laura Elliot.

Screenplay by Ketti Frings from a story by Marty Holland.

Photography by George Barnes, art direction by Hans Dreier and Earl Hedrick, special effects by Gordon Jennings. Process photography by Farciot Edouart. Set decoration by Sam Comer and Bertram Granger.

Editorial supervision by Warren Low. Costumes by Edith Head. Makeup by Wally Westmore. Sound by Harry Lindgren and Walter Oberst. Assistant director Francisco Day.

Music by Victor Young.

Produced by Hal B. Wallis.

Directed by Robert Siodmak.

“The File on Thelma Jordon” is available on DVD from TCM. It’s also available from Amazon on Blu-ray and streaming.

Photoplay, Pattern for Barbara Stanwyck's dress from "The File on Thelma Jordon" “Thelma Jordon” makes two Siodmak films back to back after “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry,” which is my quota for this year, also exhausting my quota for George Sanders and Barbara Stanwyck pictures. I picked it at random from the Film Noir section of my local video store. I would rate it as OK but no more than that. There are the usual flawed individuals and double-crosses, but all rather typical for the noir genre.

Wendell Corey plays a prosecutor who drinks too much and avoids going home because his father-in-law, who visits regularly, is annoying. He kinda/sorta loves his wife (Joan Tetzel) and kids but meets the troublesome woman of the picture (Barbara Stanwyck) and the plot is off and if not running at least jogging. There is a murder because the plot demands it. There is the troublesome woman’s playboy amour (Richard Rober) because the plot needs a double-cross. Everybody pays the price and roll credits.

Bonus trivia: Photoplay magazine offered the pattern for one of Stanwyck’s dresses.

The New York Times, of course, did not like it. Writing Jan. 19, 1950, A.W. said:

The perplexing aspects of sacred and profane love, which have troubled both the loved and unloved as well as scenarists, are tough hurdles apparently. For in “Thelma Jordon,” which came to the Paramount yesterday, these amours, which involve a basically fine family man and the designing dame he can’t resist, seem to have stumped the experts who made the picture. “Thelma Jordon” is, for all of its production polish, adult dialogue and intelligent acting, a strangely halting and sometimes confusing work. And, though it is concerned with emotions, great emotional impact is not one of its shining attributes.

Feb. 8, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have another mystery doggo. His mystery companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

Update: For Friday, we have the mystery owner of the mysterious doggo.
Update: This is an unidentified shaggy dog and Barbara Stanwyck.

Feb. 8, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on by our leading man.

Update: This is perennial cleaning woman Mary Gordon.

Feb. 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman. Her companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.

Update: For Friday, our mystery leading lady is revealed.

Update: This is Barbara Stanwyck and Geraldine Wall.

Feb. 9, 2021, Mystery Photo

And we have this mystery gent.

Update: This is Stanley Ridges.

Brain Trust roll call: Jenny M. (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery leading lady who has been cropped out and mystery cleaning woman), Noir Allie (Monday’s mystery cleaning woman) and Megan and Thom (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery cleaning woman).

Feb. 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Wednesday,” we have this mystery gentleman.

Update: This is Barry Kelley.

Feb. 10, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery woman. And she’s armed.

Update: This is Gertrude Hoffman.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Gary (Monday’s mystery cleaning woman), Sheila (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Megan and Thom (Tuesday’s mystery guests).

Later update: For some reason, a few comments ended up in the spam filter. Adding Mike Hawks (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Earl Boebert (mystery movie, mystery car, Monday’s mystery cleaning woman and Tuesday’s mystery jail matron).

Feb. 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery gent with some serious lapels.

Update: This is Richard Rober.

Feb. 11, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery gentleman, with more subdued lapels.

Update: This is Paul Kelly.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and all mystery guests), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guests) and Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mystery guests).

Note: I have been tinkering with my spam settings due to a recent increase and several responses inadvertently ended up marked as spam. If you think I have overlooked your answers, drop me an email

Feb. 12, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Friday, we have this mystery woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.

Update: This is Joan Tetzel.

Feb. 12, 2021, Mystery Photo

Also for Friday, our mysterious leading man has issues with drinking. He has issues in a number of areas in our mystery movie, liquor being one of them.

Update: This is Wendell Corey.

Feb. 12, 2021, Mystery Photo
Our mystery leading lady being one of our mysterious leading man’s other issues.

Update: This is Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey.

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guests), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests), Noir Allie (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2), and Benito (Thursday’s mystery gent No. 2).

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52 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. I would say that it’s the dog who played “The Shaggy Dog” in the Disney movie, but that’s too easy.

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  2. Jenny M says:

    Shaggy dog is being driven by unseen Barbara Stanwyck. The cleaning woman is Mary Gordon. All appear in the movie The File on Thelma Jordon.

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  3. Allie Francis says:

    Mary Gordon?

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  4. Megan and Thom says:

    Our mystery movie is The File on Thelma Jordon, with Mary Gordon as our human guest.

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  5. Sylvia E. says:

    “bombshell” 1933
    totally a shot in the dark because of the pooch. I’m sure the movie is later than the 30’s

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  6. Mary Mallory says:

    PIerre Watkin.

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  7. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    “The File on Thelma Jordon” (1950)
    Monday: Mary Gordon
    Tuesday: Geraldine Wall; Stanley Ridges

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  8. Gary says:

    Sure but its Mary Gordon.

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  9. David Inman says:

    A shot in the dark — “You Never Can Tell.”

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  10. mike hawks says:

    Mary Gordon, Geraldine Wall and Stanley Ridges in THE FILE ON THELMA JORDAN.

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  11. mike hawks says:

    Mary Gordon, Geraldine Wall and Stanley Ridges in THE FILE ON THELMA JORDAN.

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  12. Allie Francis says:

    Big Town Scandal?

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  13. Sheila says:

    Mary Gordon, Geraldine Wall, Stanley Ridges, ‘The File on Thelma Jordon’

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  14. Earl Boebert says:

    Monday’s car is a 1946 Chrysler Town and Country sedan, and the International Movie Car Data Base leads me to 1949’s “The File on Thelma Jordan,” which makes today’s matron Geraldine Wall, and Monday’s charwoman Mary Gordon. I presume we’ll see Barbara Stanwyck on Friday.

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  15. Allie Francis says:

    The Judge Steps Out?

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  16. Megan and Thom says:

    Our guests for today are Stanley Ridges and Geraldine Wall.

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  17. Mary Mallory says:

    THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON. Barbara Stanwyck unseen Monday, Mary Gordon, Ethel Bryant and Bert Stevens Tuesday, Barry Kelley and Gertrude Hoffman today.

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  18. B.J. Merholz says:

    The File on Thelma Jordan

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  19. tucsonbarbara says:

    “The File on Thelma Jordan”

    Mon – La Stanwyck, Mary Gordon
    Tues – Geraldine Wall
    Wed – Barry Kelley, Gertrude Hoffman

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  20. tucsonbarbara says:

    “The File on Thelma Jordan”

    Mon – La Stanwyck, Mary Gordon
    Tues – Geraldine Wall
    Wed – Barry Kelley, Gertrude Hoffman

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  21. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Barry Kelley; Gertrude Hoffman

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  22. mike hawks says:

    Barry Kelley and Gertrude Hoffman.

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  23. tucsonbarbara says:

    “The File on Thelma Jordan”

    Mon – La Stanwyck, Mary Gordon
    Tues -Geraldine Wall
    Wed – Barry Kelley, Gertrude Hoffman

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  24. tucsonbarbara says:

    Richard Rober, Paul Kelly

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  25. Floyd Thursby says:

    No idea what the movie is, but Isn’t Mr. Thursday 2 wearing the same jacket Harry Von Zell wore last week?

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  26. Mary Mallory says:

    Richard Rober and Paul Kelly. The extra + is not showing up, I just scrolled down to the see the Thursday photos there.

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  27. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Richard Rober; Paul Kelly.

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  28. LC says:

    The File of Thelma Jordan (1948) Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly, Geraldine Wall, Mary Gordon, Richard Rober…

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  29. mike hawks says:

    Richard Rober and Paul Kelly.

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  30. Allie says:

    I see Paul Kelly. Is it The File on Thelma Jordan?

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  31. Benito says:

    Paul Kelly today

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  32. Mary Mallory says:

    Barbsra Stanwyck appearing all over the lace, then Joan Tetzel, Stanwyck, and Wendell Corey. Poor thing, he had a drinking problem in real life.

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  33. tucsonbarbara says:

    Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey

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  34. mike hawks says:

    Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Tetzel and Wendell Corey.

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  35. Sylvia E. says:

    The File on Thelma Jordan 1949

    Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey

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  36. beachgal says:

    Fri. Joan Tetzel Wendell Corey, Barbara Stanwyck & Wendell Corey – The File on Thelma Jordan

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  37. beachgal says:

    Monday charwoman Mary Gordon

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  38. beachgal says:

    Tues matron Geraldine Wall

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  39. beachgal says:

    Thurs gent #2 Paul Kelly

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  40. beachgal says:

    Wed Gertrude Hoffman

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  41. beachgal says:

    Wed gent is Barry Kelley

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  42. beachgal says:

    Tues gent is Stanley Ridges

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  43. beachgal says:

    Thurs gent #1 Richard Rober

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  44. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Joan Tetzel; Wendel Corey; Barbara Stanwyck.

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  45. Benito says:

    THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON 1949. PS Stanwyck and Corey also paired up in THE FURIES

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