The Fox knew that Marilyn represented a significant "capital".In "Niagara", Marilyn had, for the second time, the leading role. She played a woman within who the evil and the sexual temptation coexist, until the evil triumphs and she decides to kill her husband. She shared the bill with another nature phenomenon : the Niagara falls. During the preliminary work of the movie, Anne Baxter - who played the part of Polly Cutler - left the set : her part had been widely reduced not to offend the two stars of the movie, Marilyn and the waterfalls; Jean Peters obtained the part.
Marilyn's sensuality appears as soon as the movie begins when, in a red tight-fitting dress, she languorously lies,
In "Niagara", Marilyn did what at that time was considered as the most longer walking scene of the cinema.
On 35 meters, "the girl with the horizontal walk", as she was therefore nicknamed, moved away from the movie camera in a very tight-fitting black suit.
Many fans consider "Niagara" as the most sensual
and attractive performance of Marilyn. When the movie was released, the
opinion was apparently shared by the amateurs of the cinema of this era.
The earnings of the movie were 5 times higher than its cost, and this, despite the boycott threat of some groups, claiming that the movie was indecent. Marilyn turned out to be one of the biggest attractions of the whole country.
red jacket, black skirt
red top, white skirt
red top, white skirt
Twentieth Century-Fox, Tecnicolor
Runtime : 89 mn
Release date : January 21, 1953.
Director : Henry Hathaway
Producer : Charles Brackett
Screenplay: Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen, Walter Reisch
Director of photography : Joseph MacDonald
Music : Sol Kaplan
Costumes : Dorothy Jeakins
Film editing : Barbara McLean.
Marilyn Monroe - Rose Loomis
Joseph Cotten - George Loomis
Jean Peters - Polly Cutler
Casey Adams - Ray Cutler
Denis O'Dea - inspecteur Starkey
Richard Allan - Ted Patrick
Don Wilson - Mr Kettering
Lurene Tuttle - Mrs Kettering
Russell Collins - Mr Qua
Will Wright - boatman
Lester Matthews - doctor
Carleton Young - policeman
Sean McClory - Sam
Minerva Urecal - Landlady of McGrand's Boarding House
Nina Varela - wife
Tom Reynolds - husband
Neil Fitzgerald - customs officer
Norman McKay - Morris
Gene Wesson - guide
George Ives - carillon tower guide
Patrick O'Moore - detective
Arch Johnson - taxi driver
Harry Carey Jr - taxi driver
Henry Beckman - motorcycle cop
Willard Sage - motorcycle cop
Bill Coontze - young man
Robert Ellis - young man
Gloria Gordon - dancer
Marjorie Rambeau - bit part.
Leonard Doss - color consultant
W.D. Flick - sound
Roger Heman - sound
Ray Kellogg - special effects
Charles LeMaire - wardrobe director
Lionel Newman - musical director
Ben Nye - make up
Gerd Oswald - assistant director
Edward B. Powell - orchestrator
Maurice Ransford - art director
Stuart A. Reiss - set decorator
Lyle R. Wheeler - art director.
As in "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952), the plot takes place in a bungalows hotel where notably, 2 couples stay : on one hand, newlyweds in honeymoon, Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) and Polly (Jean Peters), and on the other hand, a Korean war veteran, George Loomis (Joseph Cotten), accompanied with his wife Rose (Marilyn Monroe). The whole action takes place in the grandiose setting of the Niagara falls. Polly surprises Rose kissing Ted Patrick (Richard Allan), who isn't her husband, but she doesn't talk about it to anybody, even when George Loomis is complaining in front of her about Rose behavior, who he suspects to have an affair.
George Loomis dispappears, after Rose and Ted have set about killing him. Rose admirably feigns innocence face to the police, until she discovers that the corpse showed to her at the morgue isn't the one of her husband but her lover's one. She faints under the shock and is hospitalized. It turns at that Loomis has killed Ted in a self-defense gesture. Rose manages to escape from the hospital. Her husband finds her and chases her, up to the belfry of the carillon, where he strangles her.
The police seeks him, he escapes and to croos the
Canad-USA border, takes a motorboat on which unfortunately Polly is. He
tries to disembark the young woman, but, giddy by the struggle, she
stays on board.
"Falling For Marilyn : the Lost Niagara Collection", with pictures of Jock Carroll, New York, Michael Friedman Publishing, 1996."Marilyn Monroe and the Making Of Niagara", George Bailey; local publisher, in sale in the Niagara falls area.