[Picture: Monroe in Niagara]
Monroe proved she could carry a big-budget film when she starred in Niagara in 1953. Movie critics focused on Monroe's connection with the camera as much as on the sinister plot. She played an unbalanced woman planning to murder her husband.
The movie proved to be one of 20th Century Fox's biggest box office hits of the year.
Critics raved about Monroe in every review:
"Obviously ignoring the 7 wonders of the world, 20th Century Fox has discovered 2 more and enhanced them in Niagara. For the producers are making full use of the Falls and Monroe. The scenic effects in both cases are superb."
New York Times
"Two of nature's greatest phenomena, Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe get together in Niagara and the result is the sexiest film in these many months."
Los Angeles Examiner
What lifts the film above the commonplace is its star, Marilyn Monroe."