Rewatch ~ An underappreciated gem. Niagara Falls as the backdrop gives this a dreamlike quality, as do the colors and the play with shadows and space (the hazy softness in the cabin scenes is as good as in any b&w noir). The role of a sizzling femme fatale is made for Monroe, which I like to think was noticed by Warhol as well when he made his Marilyn Diptych.
Marital turmoil, murder, and deception - and a happy couple who are swept into the whirlpool of intrigue. Gorgeous use of Niagara Falls. Nice work contrasting the focal couples, building and releasing tension, and repeatedly drawing the point of view couple (Peters/Showalter) back into the problems, turbulence, and danger of the Monroe/Cotton relationship. Still, not first rate. But worth a look.
El despliegue de la señorita Monroe en este rodaje misterioso, es una pequeña muestra de lo magnética que podía ser, le sobra por montones sensualidad e irradia maravillosamente cada dialogo, logra mostrar una sensibilidad oscura de un personaje que podría ser apático y tiene una maravillosa química con sus co-estrellas, un homenaje a Marilyn y a los thriller.
I was really surprised with this film. it was very suspenseful and intriguing. it was also very beautiful: from the Falls, to the Bell Tower, and Marilyn Monroe herself. it was wonderful to see her in her first color film! it really steers you in different directions.
Proof that Charles Brackett did something as a writer following his separation from former writing partner Billy Wilder. While not as good as what Wilder would move on to, it is still a wonderful technicolor noir with underrated veteran Henry Hathaway at the helm. Marilyn is wonderful here.
The gorgeous technicolor actually brings a heavy and smothering atmosphere to the story. Hathaway wanted James Mason for the lead... however Cotten is very effective as the tormented ex-war veteran. Monroe is an interesting choice to play the femme fatale, and she is beyond being a good or bad actress: she is a luminous presence on the screen. Great climax at the end.