The File on Thelma Jordon has been compared with Double Indemnity but it is less slick and does not try to be so clever. Instead there is a current of emotional truth in the story of the frustrated assistant D.A. Cleve (Wendell Corey) and the burglar's accomplice Thelma (Barbara Stanwyck) who turns Cleve into a fall guy. On the basis of a solid screenplay by Ketti Frings, Robert Siodmak maintains a strong but unobtrusive drive in his cinematic storytelling, and the performances by Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey are memorable: both are at their best in this movie. Victor Young provides an effectively melodramatic score. There are unusual scenes with the alcoholic Cleve and the rich, hard-of-hearing aunt Vera. The defense attorney (Stanley Ridges) has a field day, but the whole set-up has been designed by the prosecutor Cleve, yet it is Thelma who is pulling the strings and wins, although her victory finally proves unbearable.
The visual quality was what can be expected from 16 mm.