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Belated honeymooners Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage only to find that Rose (Marilyn Monroe) and George Loomis (Joseph Cotten) have not yet checked out. Though the Cutlers temporarily take another cabin, the lives of the two couples are bound together for the next two days. Polly discovers that Rose is having an affair and that George, though emotionally unstable, has good reason for his jealous rage. George accurately suspects that Rose openly flaunts her sexuality to make him act crazy in front of witnesses. This is part of Rose's plan: her lover Patrick (Richard Allan) will kill George and make it look like suicide or a disappearance. Instead, George kills Patrick, and he returns to kill Rose, but finds Polly instead. As she had been sympathetic to him, he asks her not to tell anyone that he is alive so he can simply disappear. But, realizing that he wants to kill Rose, Polly informs the police. What follows is escalating terror, with George stalking Rose, Rose desperately trying to leave town, the police searching for both of them, and finally George and Polly adrift in a boat heading for the precipice. In Henry Hathaway's Technicolor film noir, Niagara Falls serves as an apt metaphor for the destructive power of out-of-control carnal and murderous obsessions. ~ Steve Press, Rovi

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Marilyn Monroe
as Rose Loomis
Joseph Cotten
as George Loomis
Jean Peters
as Polly Cutler
Max Showalter
as Ray Cutler
Denis O'Dea
as Inspector Sharkey
Don Wilson
as Mr. Kettering
Casey Adams
as Ray Cutler
Lurene Tuttle
as Mrs. Kettering
Will Wright
as Boatman
Carleton Young
as Policeman
Tom Reynolds
as Husband
Winfield Hoeny
as Straw Boss
Neil Fitzgerald
as Customs Officer
George Ives
as Carillon Tower Guide
Patrick O'Moore
as Detective
Pat O'Moore
as Detective
Arch Johnson
as Taxi Driver
Harry Carey Jr.
as Taxi Driver
Henry Beckman
as Motorcycle Cop
Willard Sage
as Motorcycle Cop
Bill Coontz
as Young Man
Robert Ellis
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Niagara

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Audience Reviews for Niagara

  • Apr 08, 2016
    Some dirt and double dealings at one of Nature's most celebrated outdoor showers. Done in that hyper-pristine Hollywood Technicolor that was the style, Joe Cotton and Marilyn Monroe ruminate on the dark interpersonal of interpersonal relationships. What's notable is watching Marilyn: it is obvious that she is stretching herself, akin to watching your own child take their first steps.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    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 & sympathy. Not all the performances are terrific but this movie is a gem that rewards the effort to stick with it to the end. 4 1/2 Stars 4 -8-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    Denis O'Dea co-stars as Inspector Sharkey who follows up on a missing persons report filed by the Cutlers (Casey Adams & Jean Peters), neighboring "honeymooners" at the Rainbow Motel at Niagara Falls on behalf of poor bombshell Mrs. Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) is the hot tamale wife of an aging George Loomis played masterfully by Joseph Cotton. Mr. Loomis is the classic jealous husband. The beauty of Jean Peters is somewhat downplayed due to her curvacious co-star, Marilyn; however, Peters is at least at striking! Her hubby, Ray Cutler (Casey Adams) has won a contest on creative uses for shredded wheat and their trip to Niagara Falls for a belated honeymoon has been paid for by the generous Shredded Wheat tycoon Mr. Kettering (Don WIlson) & his delightful wife (Lurene Tuttle). I have never been to Niagara Falls but after watching this a second then a third time (currently showing on TV this afternoon on a Marilyn Monroe binge--I almost feel like I have been to the falls. Colorful lights are turned on at 8:30 pm nightly which add to their spectacular beauty. Tours of the Falls are by boat named "Maid of the Mist," A key feature of the area "back in the day" is the playing of song requests on a magnificent bell tower! Lots of appeal in this dated charmer...
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A good thriller with Monroe, taking place around Niagara falls. Good story, I liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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