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Niagara (1953)

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

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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>

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Arch Johnson. See more »

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Rose's dead body changes position between shots. See more »

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George Loomis: Let me tell you something. You're young, you're in love. Well, I'll give you a warning. Don't let it get out of hand, like those falls out there. Up above... d'you ever see the river up above the falls? It's calm, and easy, and you throw in a log, it just floats around. Let it move a little further down and it gets going faster, hits some rocks, and... in a minute it's in the lower rapids, and... nothing in the world - including God himself, I suppose - can keep it from going over the edge. It ...
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Kiss
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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Played on the phonograph and sung in part by Marilyn Monroe
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Noir Goes Over The Falls: Awful
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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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