The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.
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." Written by
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Polly is lifted off the rock by a large Sikorsky H-19. In the next scene we see a different helicopter, a tiny Bell H13 parked outside the hut where the next scene takes place. See more »
[First line, voiceover as we watch him at the base of the Falls]
Why should the Falls drag me down here at 5 o'clock in the morning? To show me how big they are and how small I am? To remind me they can get along without any help? All right, so they've proved it. But why not? They've had ten thousand years to get independent. What's so wonderful about that? I suppose I could too, only it might take a little more time.
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I adore Film Noir, as huge as my collection is, I just threw this away. Sadly, Showalter and Monroe the one two punch of awful. Showalter ruined two other Noirs; he is like that neighbor next door that sells insurance that only comes when you are really busy. You keep trying to get rid of him and he doesn't take a hint. The most annoying actor of the 50s with that eternal highly medicated happiness only found in the severely brain damaged. Look, Marilyn was gorgeous but she could never act. The only good shot is from behind of her walking away; whenever Marilyn speaks it is painful. Billy Wilder said it took hundreds of takes to get one passable scene out of her in Some Like It Hot. Can you tell here? The movie is a disaster. Monroe and Showalter stink it up big time. It is so slow with lots of shots of the falls; yes, they are pretty we get it, move on, could we? It starts so slowly with Cotton being set up by a slinky, bad acting bimbo, forgive me. She is so awful here; Hathaway must not have had the patience Wilder had. The first half an hour nothing happens; when we finally get to the murder of Marilyn's lover, it is off camera, like the film needed more boredom.
The Canadian detective is more wooden than a redwood, like Mr. Spock, the Canadian years, awful. Cotten is fine, he gives his usual great acting performance but he is surrounded by bad actors and the script goes nowhere slowly. After Cotton kills Marilyn's lover, he stalks her half heartedly, finally kills her then goes back to apologize to her after she is dead. How weird is that? This is the script; do not believe the raving reviews. I have a huge collection of Noirs, I just cannot have it in my collection. Showalter is so bad even worse than Marilyn who at least you can stare at; the worst actor in the 50s. The script has Cotten stealing a boat without checking how much gas is in it; the most improbable events occur next. I cannot tell you how bad this is, boring, poorly acted and the writing is even worse. Sorry Marilyn fans, Wilder got good performances out of her in Some Like It Hot and Asphalt Jungle; she is just awful here. She has a habit of over-expressing with her eyebrows that is unintentionally comic. A Dreadful Attempt At Noir
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