Niagara (1953)

“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. ” – George Loomis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A couple on a belated honeymoon at Niagara Falls suspect foul play when another guest at the motel turns up missing.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and had no clue what it was about.

It’s actually a really enjoyable thriller that plays out quite well and achieves its goal of thrills and suspense along the way.

This movie’s plot is one that could have been used by Alfred Hitchcock and they find a way to keep things extremely thrilling the whole way through from start to finish.

The way that they use the picturesque views of Niagara Falls works quite well and enhances the feeling that this story gives off.

They find a way to let the story move along in a very enjoyable fashion and the added twists and turns along the help add so much to things.

This helps make the story feel even more unique and innovative in its approach to the plot and story line.

The four main actors are all superb in this film and its fun watching Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Joan Peters and Max Showalter make their way through the intense story since they all make us believe that this kind of story can really happen.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that works really well. This is the kind of film that seems as if it could conceivably been made by Hitchcock and it keeps things suspenseful and thrilling from start to finish. The cinematography of Niagara Falls works really well to enhance the feeling of the story. The story plays out really well and the way that they add some nice twists and turns along the way help make this feel unique and innovative in all that it does.  The four main actors are all great and it was fun seeing Monroe, Cotten, Peters, Showalter and Peters in these roles because they make us believ everything that happens along the way.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During filming of the shower scene, director Henry Hathaway had to keep yelling at Monroe to keep away from the shower curtain and away from the lights as she insisted on being naked (as she was under the bed sheets at the beginning of the film). To pass the censors of the time, the scene was darkened in post-production. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Niagara (1953)

  1. Agree with you on this one. terrific movie and one of Monroe’s best – although maybe not one of her most seen. Just the scene on the bridge – with her walking away from the camera is worth the price of admission. This is one of those films that COULD be remade and updated – because the story (cheating wife, murderously jealous older husband) and the setting – Niagara Falls – are solid. I actually tried to pitch that as a screenwriter and got a big producer attached – and pitched it specifically for a particular movie star and his movie star wife – but couldn’t get it off the ground.


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