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Film-Noir | Thriller
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
92 min
IMDB Rating:
7 / 10 
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Directors: Henry Hathaway [Director] ,

Movie Description:
George and Rose Loomis are honeymooning at a Niagara Falls motel. She plots with Ted Patrick to do him in, but all does not go smoothly. For one thing, after Loomis is reported missing Polly Cutler spies him at the motel but her husband Bud thinks she's imagining it. Marilyn sings "Kiss."


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Niagara (1953)

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry HathawayWriters: Charles Brackett, Walter ReischStars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

In the '50s, drama meant melodrama, and there's plenty of good melodrama in "Niagara," a masterful bit of film noir suspense. It's directed by Henry Hathaway, better known for his Westerns. But Hathaway was no stranger to film noir.

"Niagara" was released in 1953, the same year that star Marilyn Monroe appeared nude in Playboy as the magazine's very first Playmate of the Month. Twentieth Century Fox made sure that her sensuality was played up in this drama, but Monroe also does a credible job as a femme fatale. Even as she's fooling Canadian police into thinking she's as shocked as anybody that an accident may have have befallen her husband (Joseph Cotten), she's convincing viewers that she can play a dangerous blonde as well as she can a dumb one. She looks absolutely marvelous. Her acting is superb!

Then you add Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters. They both do some really essential work here. And surprisingly, Jean Peters holds her own in scenes with Monroe, with the good girl/bad girl balance adding additional interest. Jean Peters was no slouch in the looks Department.

The Falls themselves are an ever-present backdrop, and as memorable (and integral to the plotting) as Mount Rushmore was in "North by Northwest." It's not as taut as that Hitchcock entry, but "Niagara" is a respectable and engaging film noir ,thriller that offers several stylish suspenseful sequences.

"Niagara" is quite a departure for Monroe, who proved she was up to the task of playing a femme fatale. As '50s film-noir, thrillers go, it's well above average. 8/10

Sizzling at Niagara Falls

Marilyn Monroe may not have been one of my favourite actresses, but she was a real beauty and there was something really magnetic about her screen presence, 'Some Like it Hot' being a fine example. Joseph Cotten was responsible for some fine performances, my first exposure to him being in 'Shadow of a Doubt' and still remember how creepy he was in that. Henry Hathaway was a more than able director, while not caring for everything that he did.

'Niagara' is not quite either of them at their best, though they still come off well. But considering how intriguing it sounded a big part of me was hoping for a great film rather than the in my view (as others have liked better, and also worse, than me) a decent one. One that would have lived up to its potential with a better-written second half and if there was a better supporting cast. Don't let this make you shy away from watching, as 'Niagara' does have a lot that works in its favour.

Will start with the bad. Don Wilson, in scenes that add very little to the film, and especially Max Showalter badly overdo their roles and are really annoying (Showalter embarrassingly so).

Some of the second half can be implausible.

However, 'Niagara' is significantly advantaged by the remarkably vivid photography and quite ravishing Technicolor. Niagara Falls looks utterly majestic and captured on film with such beauty and atmosphere. Monroe's wardrobe is a sight to behold, in a good way. The music was in good keeping with the film's tone without overbearing it. The script has a fair share of clever and entertaining moments, even if it was also 'Niagara's' most uneven component.

The story in the first half is highly intriguing and a lot of fun, with some lovely character interaction, helped by that director Henry Hathaway shows that he knew what he was doing. Monroe is something of a sensation and she positively smolders. Cotten makes his character an interesting one, it is not easy making a character such as his affecting as well as menacing but Cotten manages it. Jean Peters sparkles and for me she was 'Niagara's' most likeable character.

All in all, uneven but with a lot of well done things. 7/10

A Noir Must-See

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Marilyn Monroe was given first billing in "Niagara" which elevated her to star status. Her following two films of that year, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", with Jane Russell, and "How to Marry a Millionaire", with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall, were even bigger successes.

Films like this are what I really wish Monroe was remembered for. She is more often than not seen as the "dumb blonde" of "Seven Year Itch" and other such films. But "Niagara" and "The Misfits", for example, show she was actually a rather good actress and not just an object.
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