Niagara' DVD, Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten (1953), New & Sealed
Marilyn Monroe in one of her earlier roles showed she had promise as a dramatic actress that was never fully realized on screen. We all know she was fine in comedies but she acquits herself well in the role of a young wife anxious to rid herself of her jealous, mentally unstable husband (Joseph Cotten) and plots with her lover to do so. The lovers are spotted by another honeymooner (Jean Peters) who is drawn into the plot by circumstances beyond her control.
Jean Peters is excellent as 'the other woman', smart and strong-willed and able to cope with the unstable husband when she has to. Joseph Cotten by this time had played several stressed, shell-shocked veterans and does his usual fine job here. Marilyn is garbed in her most revealing wardrobe and makes the sluttish housewife a real and pitiful being by the time she confronts her husband in the bell tower.
Atmospheric film noir type of story is well photographed for maximum effect among the famous Falls. With swirling mists, choppy waters, bell tower ringing ominously, and murderous intent--it's makes an absorbing, fast-moving melodrama that is chillingly effective and at the same time enjoyable to watch.
Director: Henry Hathaway
Writing credits: Charles Brackett / Walter Reisch (written by)
Marilyn Monroe .... Rose Loomis
Joseph Cotten .... George Loomis
Jean Peters .... Polly Cutler
Max Showalter .... Ray Cutler (as Casey Adams)
Denis O'Dea .... Inspector Starkey
Richard Allan .... Patrick
Don Wilson .... Mr. Kettering
Lurene Tuttle .... Mrs. Kettering
Russell Collins .... Mr. Qua
Will Wright .... Boatman
Coding: All Region Code / PAL format
(please make sure your dvd player can play PAL format's dvd)
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English / French / Dutch / Italian / Spanish
Subtitles: Simplify Chinese / Traditional Chinese / English / French / Italian / Dutch / Swedish / Spanish / Finnish / Norwegian / None (Removable)