Excerpt: Marilyn Monroe had appeared in a number of movies before she landed the lead in her first color feature, 1953’s 3-strip Technicolor noir (and cinematic curio) “Niagara”. She’d signed with Fox in the late 1940's, and steadily worked her way—occasionally with some heavy campaigning by her agent—through a series of supporting parts to finally find a starring role.
Excerpt: Young marrieds Polly and Ray Cutler (Jean Peters, Pickup on South Street , and Casey Adams, a.k.a. Max Showalter, The Anderson Tapes ) are taking a belated honeymoon at Niagara Falls. When they arrive, they discover that the cabin they'd reserved—with a magnificent view of the falls—is occupied by another couple, Rose and George Loomis (Marilyn Monroe, Some Like It Hot , and Joseph Cotten, Citizen Kane ). When Mrs.
Excerpt: Niagara is the film that began to imprint Marilyn Monroe into the American conscience as an icon. A glossy film noir shot in beautiful Technicolor, Monroe’s smoldering sensuality as a beautiful femme fatale is immediately apparent. Set in the popular honeymoon destination of Niagara Falls, the movie contrasts wedded bliss with a broken couple. Niagara is the quintessence of old Hollywood in 1953, a tightly crafted movie executed with precision and style.
Conclusion: Would Marilyn Monroe have attained stardom without 'Niagara'? Absolutely! But this slick, engrossing, impeccably appointed thriller hastened the process and provided the up-and-coming actress with a golden opportunity to literally and figuratively strut her stuff. Though some of the action is far-fetched, a couple of twists put a fresh spin on the film's familiar premise, and with Monroe and the breathtaking falls as eye candy, 'Niagara' keeps us engaged and, at times,...
Summary: The complete lack of special features is disappointing because Blu-ray releases of older movies are always an excellent chance to place the films in their proper historical perspective. (Especially when a fascinating figure like Marilyn Monroe is the star.