Niagara

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Belated honeymooners Polly Jean Peters and Ray Cutler Casey Adams arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage only to find that Rose Marilyn Monroe and George Loomis Joseph Cotten have not yet checked out. Though the Cutlers temporarily take another cabin, the lives of the two couples are bound together for the next two days. Polly discovers that Rose is having an affair and that George, though emotionally unstable, has good reason for his jealous rage. George accurately suspects that Rose openly flaunts her sexuality ...
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Belated honeymooners Polly Jean Peters and Ray Cutler Casey Adams arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage only to find that Rose Marilyn Monroe and George Loomis Joseph Cotten have not yet checked out. Though the Cutlers temporarily take another cabin, the lives of the two couples are bound together for the next two days. Polly discovers that Rose is having an affair and that George, though emotionally unstable, has good reason for his jealous rage. George accurately suspects that Rose openly flaunts her sexuality to make him act crazy in front of witnesses. This is part of Rose's plan: her lover Patrick Richard Allan will kill George and make it look like suicide or a disappearance. Instead, George kills Patrick, and he returns to kill Rose, but finds Polly instead. As she had been sympathetic to him, he asks her not to tell anyone that he is alive so he can simply disappear. But, realizing that he wants to kill Rose, Polly informs the police. What follows is escalating terror, with George stalking Rose, Rose desperately trying to leave town, the police searching for both of them, and finally George and Polly adrift in a boat heading for the precipice. In Henry Hathaway's Technicolor film noir, Niagara Falls serves as an apt metaphor for the destructive power of out-of-control carnal and murderous obsessions.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Launched with a memorable ad campaign featuring water cascading over Marilyn Monroe's curvaceous body, Niagara helped to cement Monroe's status as a box office draw. It also afforded her the chance to play a change-of-pace part. While the character still uses sexuality in an overt manner, she's no dumb blonde. Conniving and cold-blooded, the role calls for Monroe to sacrifice her famous vulnerability, using it only to manipulate the others around her rather than the audience, and she comes through in spades. While her performance lacks a great deal of variety, that's essentially due to flaws in the script and character. Joseph Cotten turns in another of his intense, dark and disturbed portrayals, and while he too is hampered by the script, it's an effective performance. The lack of dimension in the characters is regrettable but not overly damaging, as director Henry Hathaway keeps the tension high, even during some moments when the credibility of the situation is in question. Most memorable are the stalking sequence in the clock tower and the finale, both of which are exciting and very well handled. Most importantly, the film makes great use of the falls themselves, both in a "travelogue" sense and in terms of using the location to create and maintain atmosphere. Too flawed to be the kind of Hitchcockian thriller it aspires to be, Niagara nevertheless provides solid chills and entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 024543035152
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Rose Loomis
Joseph Cotten George Loomis
Jean Peters Polly Cutler
Casey Adams Ray Cutler
Denis O'Dea Inspector Sharkey
Richard Allan Patrick
Don Wilson Mr. Kettering
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Kettering
Russell Collins Mr. Qua
Will Wright Boatman
Lester Matthews Doctor
Carleton Young Policeman
Sean McClory Sam
Minerva Urecal Landlady
Nina Varela Wife
Tom Reynolds Husband
Neil Fitzgerald Customs Officer
Norman McKay Morris
George Ives Carillon Tower Guide
Pat O'Moore Detective
Gene Wesson Guide
Arch Johnson Taxi Driver
Harry Carey Jr. Taxi Driver
Henry Beckman Motorcycle Cop
Willard Sage Motorcycle Cop
Bill Foster Young Man
Robert Ellis Young Man
Gloria Gordon Dancer
Marjorie Rambeau Bit
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Charles Brackett Producer, Screenwriter
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Haven Gillespie Songwriter
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Barbara McLean Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Gerd Oswald Asst. Director
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    NIAGARA Blu-ray: Great Suspense and Beautiful Cinematography

    NIAGARA was NOT directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but at times it feels like it was. It has that kind of edge-of-your-seat suspense. With the rich color restoration that went into making the blu-ray, the film at other times becomes a glorious travelogue of spectacular Niagara Falls, itself. It's worth buying this disc for that reason alone. And lastly there is the cast: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton, Jean Peters. They all do a creditable job. For Monroe this was a breakout role. Her name was first in the billing for this smash box office hit. Bigger hits would follow in very short order, hits like GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.

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