Henry Hathaway (1953)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Polly and Ray are on honeymoon at Niagara Falls where they meet George and Rose, whose own marriage is falling apart. Polly later discovers that the brazen and alluring Rose has a lover waiting in the shadows and they are scheming to kill the emotionally unstable George - but the newlywed is unable to convince anyone of the danger as the murder plot edges toward a tragic conclusion. Thriller, with Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters.

Cast & Crew

Rose Loomis Marilyn Monroe
George Loomis Joseph Cotten
Polly Cutler Jean Peters
Ray Cutler Max Showalter
Inspector Sharkey Denis O'Dea
Patrick Richard Allen
Mr Kettering Don Wilson
Mrs Kettering Lurene Tuttle
Director Henry Hathaway
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray