Niagara. 1953. USA. Directed by Henry Hathaway. Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard Breen. With Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters. DCP. 88 min.
George and Rose Loomis are visiting Niagara Falls, staying at a motel court, surrounded by honeymooning couples. Despite their romantic surroundings, Rose and George have a troubled marriage; in fact, Rose has decided she wants him gone. Rose commits the deadly deed, but there are sightings of George after his supposed demise. Hathaway’s thriller is brimming with suspense, sex, and the overwhelming din of the Falls. Though Jean Peters was originally cast as Rose, she was replaced by Monroe, who was on the ascendancy at the time. So Peters took over the role of Polly Cutler, which had originally been offered to Anne Baxter.