Niagara

NIAGARA (PG)
D: Henry Hathaway
20th Century Fox (Charles Brackett)
US 1952
89 mins
 
Thriller
 
W: Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch & Richard Breen
DP: Joe MacDonald
Ed: Barbara McLean
Mus: Sol Kaplan
 
Joseph Cotten (George Loomis), Marilyn Monroe (Rose Loomis), Jean Peters (Polly Cutler), Casey Adams (Ray Cutler), Denis O'Dea (Inspector Starkey)
 
Whilst on his honeymoon, a man becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair.
Niagara is not the Hitchcockian thriller/film noir which the poster or synopsis alluded to, in fact, it couldn't be further from the sort, which makes it quite disappointing in that respect.
It does, however, feature a smoking Monroe performance and more than ample proof of her status as one of the great Hollywood sexpots, portraying the manipulative wife who drives her husband towards the brink of insanity while they're holidaying beside the raging Niagara Falls.
All the performances are good, but I personally expected a completely different film. Perhaps it would have been better going into this with a completely open mind.
6/10

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara
Marilyn Monroe in Niagara