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Niagara (1953)

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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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Ray Cutler (as Casey Adams)
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Mr. J.C. Kettering
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Mrs. Kettering
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Mr. Qua
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Boatman
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Storyline

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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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  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Even though she had a starring role, Marilyn Monroe was still under contract to 20th Century-Fox as a stock actor at a fixed salary, so she actually made less money than her make-up man did. See more »

Goofs

Polly is relaxing in a chaise lounge facing northeast when Ray comes out of the cabin casting a strong shadow pointing southwest. He stops by her feet and HER shadow falls on HIM. He then says the light is just right to photograph her and steps back a few feet -- calling our attention to the fact that he now has four shadows, the strongest ones pointing north and northeast. Seconds later, Rose enters the scene, casting onto Polly a metaphorically appropriate shadow... that points northwest. See more »

Quotes

[Upon seeing Rose Loomis in a low-cut, tight-fitting red dress]
Ray Cutler: Hey, get out the firehose!
[to Polly]
Ray Cutler: Why don't you ever get a dress like that?
Polly Cutler: Listen. For a dress like that, you've got to start laying plans when you're about thirteen.
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Soundtracks

Kiss
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Played on the phonograph and sung in part by Marilyn Monroe
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Lots To Look At And Admire
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great scenery and colors of Niagara Falls, two very attractive female leads, and an interesting story all add up to a very good rating for this classic film.

The DVD offers a very nice print: sharp, with color restoration that makes it look great. Niagara Falls never looked better (and I live just 25 miles away), and either did Marilyn Monroe or Jean Peters.

Everyone knows about Monroe's beauty (and, I think, underrated acting talents) but Peters was a beautiful woman with a great body, herself. She apparently fascinated billionaire Howard Hughes, too, since he married her.) It's the men in here who are goofy: Cotten and his whining and mental illness; Casey Adams with his nerd-ish personality and Adams' boss Don Wilson, who is even more of a cornball.

This crime story is a suspenseful film with several twists and turns and segments that keep you on the edge of your seat. It's film noir material even though it's color which might disqualify it for some purists.

The only weak points of the story were some very implausible circumstances (i.e. Peters going into Joseph Cotten's room right after he acted crazy and was someone obviously to leave alone; having a boat "hijacked" in plain daylight, etc.)

As someone who has lived in Western New York for almost 60 years, it was interesting to see the aerial shots on the Canadian side and see the skyline of Niagara Falls and, in the distance, Buffalo.


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