Round Up, Round Up! Come See The Wonders of Monroe. (by Translucid2k4)
Blonde Bombshell a phrase that, to most of the world, defines one of Hollywood's greatest ever stars. A star that, despite a life cut short, remains one of the most famous and adored women ever. The actress I'm talking about can only be Marilyn Monroe. This 1953 thriller was one of her first major films and it's one that, along with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" from the same year, solidified her status as one of the worlds most recognised and most exciting young stars. But "Niagara" is not a film that many would immediately associate with Monroe. A brilliant <more>
comedienne with timing second to none, yes. A beautiful woman photographed more than any other, yes. A brilliant dramatic actress with one of the most naturalistic and believable styles of the era? Surely not. But after watching this movie, that is a title that Monroe can claim to her list of other talents. Yes, her critics need to take note because shock of all shock, Marilyn Monroe can actually act incredibly well, as it happens."Niagara" is lush thriller with several stylistic tendencies leaning towards Film Noire, but it's not quite dark enough to be considered true Noire. Monroe leads as Rose Loomis, a beautiful yet deadly femme fatal who, bored with her husband, attempts to have him murdered. Her new lover Played by Richard Allan is her accomplice. Things start getting complicated when two newlyweds arrive on their Honeymoon, and through a series of events the tables turn on Loomis until her eventual demise. Monroe stars opposite Joseph Cotton, who plays her husband George. Whilst not as immediately hard hitting as Monroe, he turns in an excellent performance as the downtrodden and disturbed ex-Soldier, adding a gritty realism which is an integral part of the film's success. Jean Peters also plays beautifully as the curious newlywed looking for the truth, one that nobody, even her own husband, believes until it's too late. Max Showalter is one of the films few problems. Stiff and unconvincing, he does little to bring his character to life the film seems to go on around him, with or without him. Aside from this mediocre performance, the movies cast is right on the money. The stars seem to have a good chemistry together on screen particularly Richard Allen and Marilyn Monroe, who play their sordid love affair scenes down to a fine art. Despite the strong cast, this is very much Monroe's show but, considering the film was written specifically with her in mind as a star vehicle this was perhaps always going to be the case. Never the less, her performance is pure class from start to finish. There are several scenes in which she has to convey meaning and emotion with nothing but a facial expression. Faced with this challenge, many lesser actors would come across somehow contrived and unbelievable, but Marilyn's naturalistic performance shines through and there's nothing contrived about anything she does. She also looks at her most stunning, and her sheer ability to light up the screen and captivate the audience is reason enough to see the film.Even aside from Monroe, "Niagara" is a beautiful film. It's lush settings and lighting add a whole new layer to the film. The moody lighting is pure Film Noire and it fits in which the sizzling and tension filled dramatics of the plot incredibly well. Although very much a product of it's era, "Niagara" survives the tests of time very well, and it's tension and appeal are still relevant for contemporary audiences. It's sad that Monroe's career took such a drastic turn for Comedy and that most of the world will know her simply as the Blonde Bombshell and Hollywood Glamour Girl. Because, as she makes abundantly clear in this film, she was a powerhouse of dramatic acting. Who knows what more she could have achieved if only she'd had the right roles to fulfil her talents. "Niagara" is a beautifully woven film with lush visuals and excellence from it's cast with an unfortunate couple bum performances . A classic suspense filled Drama with plenty going for it and very little holding it back.
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raging torrent of emotion that even nature can't control! (by noone-7)
Marilyn is HOT in this movie! She looked her best, and gave a damn good performance as an evil plotting wife that wanted her lover to kill her husband. The best use of a movie camera ever! Marilyn and Niagara Falls. Which is more beautiful? Marilyn!
Terrific movie that does not get the attention it deserves. (by dconley-1)
The look and atmosphere in this film is so vivid that even viewed on TV it makes you feel as if you have been to Niagara Falls sometime in the early 1950s. The plot takes a deceptively leisurely pace but it builds to a gripping climax. It is worth the viewer's time & effort to stick with it to the end. Marilyn Monroe is radiantly treacherous & her performance is subtle and bears close watching beyond her obvious attractiveness. She should get a lot more credit for this picture than I've seen others give her. Joseph Cotten balances between being menacing & getting our pity <more>
& sympathy. Not all the performances are terrific but this movie is a gem that rewards the effort to stick with it to the end.
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 <more>
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.
Marilyn: a fountain of charm, and a cyclone of beauty! (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
Hollywood's glamor doll, Marilyn Monroe, was blonde and beautiful... We heard her speak in that tiny tinkle voice...She was our angel, the sweet angel of sex, and the sugar of sex came up from her like a resonance of sound in the clearest grain of a violin... She was a perfect creation reached to the horizon of our mind, a fountain of charm, a cyclone of beauty, a sexual oven whose fire may rarely have been lit..."Niagara" is her first starring films and she was a presence in it... She knew how to enter every scene with the full aura of an out man-killer wearing suits fitted so <more>
tightly as to make every walk a miracle...She gives a twisting and winding performance... A 'veiled look' would come into her eyes when thinking of her adulterous lover that makes the audience hate her while admiring every possible curve revealing her tight dresses, caught with excellent taste by Hathaway... She was more vivid with commitment, just interesting enough to be fascinating... Even her wiggle walks down a long street in a beige-colored suit a modern miracle of the designer's art were highly seductive...The film makes full use of the breathtaking locations as of the grandeur of Marilyn... She plays a sexy wife plotting to murder her obsessed husband... We must admit that the scenic effects a natural wonder of beauty and majesty , superbly photographed in Technicolor, are the main attraction... Nevertheless the intriguing murder mystery heightens the drama making it a strong combination of menace ... Joseph Cotten's intelligent face and resonant voice are used effectively in this tale of infidelity and greed... Comedy relief, from the happy honeymooners, Casy Adams and Jean Peters with these lines: "Why don't you ever get a dress like that?"//"Well, she sure got her an armful of groceries."We hear Marilyn singing only one song too important in the plot called "Kiss" - a song enough to turn her husband crazy...
This works pretty well, especially when you consider that for it to be effective, Marilyn Monroe had to do some actual acting. The story is fairly simple, without too many surprises, yet it's effective, and leads to some good suspense. The setting in Niagara Falls is worked into the story in several ways, and is used to good effect.The film-noir type story makes an interesting contrast with the sights and sounds of the falls, with the grim story playing out against a backdrop of interesting and often beautiful scenery. The plot also makes good use of several of the distinctive features of <more>
the falls and the surrounding town. Monroe works as the bored, scheming wife, and Joseph Cotten is always effective in this kind of role. Jean Peters is really good as the innocent friend. Casey Adams's character comes off as kind of a goofus, but that's what he is supposed to be. Things move along at a good pace, and the tension is built up well. There's a lot to like for anyone who enjoys suspense/thrillers.
" He Forgot To Ask Marilyn For Her Autograph " (by PamelaShort)
I have a predilection for this Marilyn Monroe film noir movie. Being filmed on location on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the studio hired local actors, carpenters, etc, to work for them. My father knew a sign painter who made the required signs needed. Being aware that the new sensational blonde star would soon show-up, he was extremely surprised when being introduced to a very demure, polite and genuinely sweet young girl, not the stuck-up, demanding big Hollywood star he had anticipated. He was so taken aback by her loveliness, he completely forgot to ask for an autograph. The film <more>
itself is a lovely snapshot of the 1950s and the Niagara Falls area is captured gloriously in Technicolor. The acting is adequate for this dark suspenseful story about a honeymoon couple becoming mixed up with a woman planning on murdering her obsessive husband, and the film utilizes it's location very well. Veteran actor Joseph Cotten plays Monroe's neurotic husband, Jean Peters and Casey Adams play the young honeymooners. The highlight of course is Marilyn Monroe and she delivers a fine performance as the cheating, murderous wife. This is a very interesting early Monroe movie, well worth a look for the nostalgic feel of a past era.
Marilyn Monroe as Fab Femme Fatale in Tense Hitchcockian Thriller (by dtb)
Directed by Henry Hathaway from a script by Billy Wilder's frequent collaborator Charles Brackett who produced, too , Walter Reisch, and Richard Breen, NIAGARA is a dark thriller, except in appearance. Director of Photography Joe McDonald, best known for his films noir, shot the gorgeous Niagara Falls locations in dazzling Technicolor, while still making atmospheric, suspenseful use of shadows and light. Even more dazzling is Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest star vehicles, sultry and slippery in one of her last femme fatale roles before GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES showed the world <more>
Monroe's funny side.Despite the happy cliché of Niagara Falls being a honeymooners' paradise, NIAGARA The Movie is moody from the start as edgy George Loomis Joseph Cotten wanders around the Canadian side of the falls at dawn, feeling insignificant. He's a war veteran freshly released from an Army hospital, where he was treated for PTSD, or as they called it back then, "battle fatigue." He's also got a sexpot wife, Rose Monroe , so you'd think George's life isn't that bad. :- Ah, but Rose has thorns: a secret lover and a plot to kill George and make it look like suicide. Fate brings the Loomises together with Polly and Ray Cutler Jean Peters and Casey Adams . Polly and Ray are at the falls for their late honeymoon, long delayed by eager-beaver Ray's demanding job as a cereal executive. Despite bringing books, Ray promises, "It'll be as good as a regular honeymoon." "It should be better," Polly replies teasingly. "I've got my union card now." They laugh and snuggle, and that's one of the few happy moments Polly and Ray have together before the Loomises make their honeymoon into a living hell.Things get creepy, starting with small inconveniences, like our lovebirds settling for a cabin with a so-so view because Rose and the unwell George are still in the cabin Polly and Ray were supposed to have. While the Cutlers enjoy their tour of the falls, Polly spies Rose making out with her hunky hottie Richard Allan, who serves mostly as tasty eye candy . At an outdoor party that evening, Polly all but misses a romantic moment watching the falls' light show with Ray because she's bandaging George's hand after he cuts himself breaking Rose's favorite romantic record in a rage. Rose just sits there and smirks. Reminded me of the toga party scene in ANIMAL HOUSE when, out of nowhere, John Belushi busts up folkie Stephen Bishop's guitar, then gives it back to him with a deadpan "Sorry." :- Our sympathetic honeymooners get fed up as they're reluctantly pulled deeper into the Loomises' problems, not realizing Rose is setting them up as witnesses to George's increasingly shaky mental state, all the better to make his eventual death look like suicide. Like that's not enough, Ray's ridiculously jolly boss, Mr. Kettering Don Wilson, from Jack Benny's various shows and his wife Lurene Tuttle show up, eager to sightsee with the Cutlers and schmooze with Ray about giving him a raise because of his prize-winning shredded wheat promotion idea, turning the honeymoon into a busman's holiday. Oy! By now, Polly and Ray have been through the wringer because of those loony Loomises, so I had to smile and sympathize with Ray being, to quote the HIGH NOON theme song, "torn 'twixt love and duty," sincerely wanting to take care of his distraught bride, yet reluctant to nix an opportunity to score a raise that would improve their life together in myriad ways. If the 1953 economy was anything like today's economy, I can't blame Polly for agreeing to include face time with the boss as part of their honeymoon itinerary! Peters and Adams make an appealing couple, sweet with a touch of insouciant playfulness. The peripatetic Ray clearly means well and loves Polly. Heck, he doesn't even show any serious lust for the luscious Rose; he just makes good-natured wisecracks about her to Polly, and vice-versa. FTM, I liked how Polly never acted catty or jealous around Rose. Now that's self-confidence! :- As the calculating, manipulative Rose, Monroe smolders like nobody's business, driving men mad with her careless come-hither air and her curves in, as George grouses, a dress "cut down so low in front, you can see her kneecaps." La Monroe even gets to sing "Kiss" no, not the Prince song , that love song Rose and her secret sweetie like so much. It'll come back to haunt her later, but I don't want to give away the nifty twists! I'll only say that Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to call the bell tower scene his own though with his taste in women, I imagine Hitch would have picked a cooler, more subtle blonde than Monroe :- . After that, the film drifts into PERILS OF PAULINE territory, but by then I cared enough about the characters to see how it all worked out.Cotten is at once terrifying and heartbreaking as Rose's emotionally scarred fool for love/lust, a hard-luck guy who can't seem to get out of his own way. We learn a lot about Rose and George's relationship in little scenes and throwaway lines, like George admitting he re-enlisted in the Army to show Rose he was still just as able as any young stud. Then there's the couple's short-lived jubilance the day after that literally record-breaking fight. The Loomises laugh and kiss, Rose under the covers in bed, George on top of her with the blanket between them this was the '50s, after all :- , talking about all the fun they'll have when they hit Chicago. "Georgie, this is quite a change," Rose purrs. "What brought this on?" George smiles. "You know what." He gives her a long kiss. "When we have a fight and make up that way, I never want to leave your side." Ooh, hot make-up sex -- a bit daring for a studio film of that era, no? :- All told, NIAGARA is good, dark, tawdry fun.