Worth seeing for Monroe alone...
but this film is also an interesting set-piece, showing us vintage
1953. What makes this film different is that Monroe actually gets to
act, and she certainly can.
Joseph Cotten is the husband, recently released from a psychiatric
hospital, and falling from favor with adulterous Monroe. Jean Peters
and Casey Adams portray the young honeymoon couple, the Cutlers. Casey
Adams is comic relief ("Get out the fire-hose!"; he pants, while
watching Monroe in her classic, red satin dress.) Younger viewers may
recall him as the grandfather from that Molly Ringwald film; "Sixteen
Candles". Always a great character actor. That aside, this film
qualifies as a classic of its time.
Niagara Falls provides the ominous backdrop. The cinematography is
interesting, and cloudy Technicolor- so accurately reflecting the
rose-colored patina: The Rainbow Cabins, Marilyn's red dress, her green
silk scarf in the bell tower.
All are haunting images. We do not see many visual films like this
today. There is too much emphasis on action, rather than thought.
Monroe is indelible, from the early scene where she first walks off
with her jangly bracelet and sky blue suit 2 sizes too small. It was
said in many biographies that she felt close to the character of Rose,
having lived a similar, transient life. How she brings the alienation
and cold-blooded desire to life is pure Monroe. No one else could have
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Lots To Look At And Admire
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
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..