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Niagara (1953)

Approved | | Crime, 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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Ray Cutler (as Casey Adams)
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Mr. J.C. Kettering
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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" a raging torrent of emotion that even nature can't control! See more »


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February 1953 (USA)  »

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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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Among the last films done in 'three-strip' Technicolor by Twentieth Century-Fox. Fox later switched to CinemaScope. There were compatibility issues between 'three-strip' Technicolor and CinemaScope but not between CinemaScope and Eastmancolor. See more »

Goofs

When George Loomis reappears at the cabin wearing the the two-toned shoes of the man he killed, they switch to regular all-brown loafers when he steps on the doormat of Room B at Rainbow Cabins. See more »

Quotes

[First line, voiceover as we watch him at the base of the Falls]
George Loomis: 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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Soundtracks

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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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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