• PG
  • Henry Hathaway (1953)
  • US
  • 85 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

If ever a film poster could be said to have created a star's image, it was the one for this movie - Marilyn Monroe draped across said falls with a certain look in her eye and a come-on caption to match her décolletage: "A raging torrent of emotion that even nature can't control!". Monroe, top-billed for the first time in her career, is a sensation in this atmospheric thriller, clad provocatively in a figure-hugging red dress. She plays the faithless wife of Joseph Cotten who plots his murder at the honeymoon resort of Niagara Falls. Director Henry Hathaway clearly knew what he had in front of his lens, with the 20th Century-Fox Technicolor seldom better deployed. The film itself verges on melodrama, daft and clever by turns, with a fine performance from Cotten and some interesting location shots of the falls, but this is Monroe's star-making movie and, boy, does she know it.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. While honeymooning at Niagara Falls, newlyweds Polly and Ray Cutler grow suspicious that an adulterous young wife is planning her husband's murder.

Cast and crew


Rose Loomis
Marilyn Monroe
George Loomis
Joseph Cotten
Polly Cutler
Jean Peters
Ray Cutler
Max Showalter
Inspector Sharkey
Denis O'Dea
Richard Allen
Mr Kettering
Don Wilson
Mrs Kettering
Lurene Tuttle


Henry Hathaway

Other Information

Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG