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Niagara (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | February 1953 (USA)
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.





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Complete credited cast:
Ray Cutler (as Casey Adams)
Denis O'Dea ...
Inspector Starkey
Richard Allan ...
Mr. J.C. Kettering
Mrs. Kettering
Mr. Qua


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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Marilyn Monroe and Niagara the high water mark in suspense! See more »


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Release Date:

February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Torrente pasional  »

Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Curiously, the trailer for this Technicolor production was in black-and-white. See more »


When Rose (Marilyn Monroe) gets out of the shower, the bottom of the body stocking she was wearing can be seen on her right thigh as the towel she pulls around her parts briefly. See more »


[Polly Cutler catches Rose Loomis in a passionate embrace with her lover]
Polly Cutler: Didn't that Mrs. Loomis say she was going shopping?
Ray Cutler: Yeah. Why?
Polly Cutler: Well, she sure got herself an armful of groceries.
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Referenced in 42nd Street Forever: XXX-Treme Special Edition (2007) See more »


Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Played on the phonograph and sung in part by Marilyn Monroe
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Atmospheric thriller set in breathtaking surroundings.
31 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Although I think Marilyn Monroe suited comedies better, this somewhat hitchcockian thriller is nevertheless a convincing demonstration of her more serious acting abilities, and also one of the finest films she starred in.

"Niagara" introduces Monroe as a seductive, wily wife wanting to get rid of her jealous husband (a very good Joseph Cotten). Her lover, an awfully small and stereotypical role, is played by Richard Allan.

Funnily enough, it seems that it's Jean Peters who has the film's biggest part. As the innocent honeymooner, her character is clearly designed as a contrast to Monroe.

The breathtaking surroundings of the Niagara Falls are a significant supplement to the film's atmosphere.

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