Niagara (1953) Filming Locations

Location #1: George wandering

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On River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Note from the Webmaster: The arch was demolished sometime in the 1960s.


Location #2: Rainbow Cabins

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The fake motel was built roughly at Rambler’s Rest, Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Location #3: The border

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At 5765 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Location #4: Maid of the Mist

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That was the Maid of the Mist Incline, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Location #5: City Hall

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4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

17 thoughts on “Niagara (1953) Filming Locations

  1. Beth

    I discovered this movie in black & white on a late, late show in the very early sixties as a kid. I was especially fond of the line when at the record party, Polly says, “for a dress like that, you’ve got to start laying plans when you’re thirteen,” and I pretty much did so, myself! I always thought of the dress as blue, but duh…it sure makes more sense that it was fuchsia pink. Mine was blue.
    I have wanted to visit the site of the motel set ever since that time. My fascination with fieldstone houses began with it. Fieldstone is a component of the house we built because of it.
    I searched and searched for information on the location and at one point I found a site supposedly hosted by a man who worked on the movie who said that the cabins were never there, that they were a Hollywood set shot in California. I know location shots when I see them and knew he was wrong. Thank you for showing me where and how. The next time we go, I will seek this out to have my own little chunk of the movie. I just love it!

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    1. Rick Haggett

      Hi yes the cabins were there in 1953 as the movie was shot in June of 1952. My parents had their honeymoon there in April of 1953 and found out the cabins were built just for the movie then taken down. I have a photo of my parents standing about 100 feet away from the Bell Tower. The key to finding out where the cabins were is the stone fence. You can see they are right near it. It is now a sidewalk where thousands each and everyday walk through without even knowing. The original bus station is long gone as well. My late wife and I went there on a Canada Coach bus in July of 1981 and it was gone then. The Brock Sheraton is still there and I went to room 801 where Marilyn stayed. At that time she had a great view of the falls but since then massive construction as changed all this. It is my favourite Marilyn movie. Every time I visit the falls I come home and watch it. Another area of interest is in Chippewa where they filmed the boat scene. There is one building left there. The other 3 have been torn down. The one that is still there is Riverside Fish and Chips or Tavern. It just underwent massive Reno’s in 2020. The bridge you see in the movie in the back ground has been replaced. If you watch you’ll see the older man chasing after Mr. Loomis when he puts the stick under the cars steering wheel to make it beep as to distract him. Watch the opening in the curb on the street. That is the only place left in that section where you can trace as to where the man ran and where the car was across the street from there. The start of the film was shot in the US along with the Wooden fences they climb and the rest was in Canada. Some places are tricky to find. I have yet to take my portable DVD player With me and compare notes with it right where things happened.

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  2. EDF

    I love this movie and it was driving me nuts where the cabins would have been located. What a great view they had there and interesting to find out it was fake. So much to like about the movie but man that shredded wheat VP is over the top! 🙂

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    1. Albert J Peterson

      ….that shredded wheat VP is none other than Donn Wilson, the announcer for and neighbor of Jack Benny on his radio and television programs, respectively.

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      1. Jim

        Correct, Don Wilson was the announcer buddy for Jack Benny. I’m not old enough to remember when it originally aired, I’m enough of a movie fan to know trivia type, useless facts and information. That and I’ve seen episodes of t.v. shows from people like George Burns, and Gracie Allen. People think of George Burns, and they think of a shuffling old man, but both Gracie and George were pioneers in television, but came from Vaudeville.

        As did many actors of the silent film era into sound, many came from Vaudeville, into silent movies. Take, John Barrymore, and his siblings Ethel, and Lionel Barrymore, were considered acting royalty. John Barrymore was Nick named “The Great Profile” and is the only actor to actually have his hand, and foot prints in concrete in front of Mann’s Chines Theater, but his profile as well.

        Feel free to fact check, I believe that there are pictures of the event, with his brother Lionel shoving Johns face into the concrete.

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  3. Albert J Peterson

    …matte wasn’t sophisticated enough in 1952 to reproduce Niagara, so Fox decided to shoot this locally and built a fake motel where the Ramblers Rest Pavillion is now; tore it down after production. Too bad they didn’t use CinemaScope on this one for the waterfall shots (or on Marilyn, either.)

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  4. Winky

    I just rewatched Niagara. I thought Jean Peters lovely and the one piece of “eye candy” and solid acting in the film.
    Miss Monroe was typically phony looking. Who wears bright
    red lipstick to bed, in the shower, and in full makeup. Looks the same in every seen and wearing tight clothes and high heels walking around from place to place. Craziness. Plus her depth of acting was quite limited and hard to take seriously when she’s always prancing around as a sex symbol. Also, this lady could not sing. Fortunately Jean Peters co/starred which saved that movie along with Joe Cotton, a fantastic actor. They both made the film solid.

    I too wish the Rainbow Cabins had been real. But as Marilyn said about herself, and Hollywood “It’s all just make believe, isn’t it.” She knew the reality.

    I hope everyone affiliated with the making of that movie, made so long ago, are resting in peace and God’s blessing be upon them.

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  5. Adam Stumpf

    I believe the Maid of the Mist scene (and possibly the Cave of the Winds chase scene) were filmed on the American side. Maid of the Mist launches and finishes solely on the American side. The Canadian counterpart is called the Hornblower but it came into existence well after the movie was made. You can also tell by the falls in the background. From the US side, the Horseshoe Falls can only be seen looking to the left. This falls is what divides the US and Canada. Based on where the falls are in the shot, this had to be from the US side.

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    1. Keith Ward

      The Cave of the Winds Scene was filmed on the American side but the Maid of the Mist was on the Canadian side. Nowadays the ships on the Canadian side are called Hornblower but for many years we had the Maid of the Mist on this side as well. The Canadian company went bankrupt a number of years ago and the company that took them over changed the name of the ships.

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    2. Rick Haggett

      Yes Adam several of the opening shots and a few into the movie were shot on the US side. The Maid of the mist still goes by that name today but they obviously have new and modern boats. The Americans today now where blue raincoats. On the Canadian side they were red and have the new Hornblower boat which can hold 275 people. When you see Marilyn kissing the man near the falls you’ll notice there is an opening there to walk through, where the stone fence ends. Very dangerous. This was filled in years ago. Niagara has changed in leaps and bounds this this movie was shot. It is pretty much impossible to find the original areas. I have been going there since 1980 and I cannot find where the original bus station used to be, just a selected area.

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  6. John Thompson

    Does this building that portrayed the hospital in “Niagara’ still exist and if so, what is its present use?

    I love this picture as it captures Southern Ontario of the early 1950s, which I fondly remember (I was six in 1952, living in Toronto). Agreed, Jean Peters was excellent, and more appealing in her two piece bathing suit than MM in her skin tight dress. Casey Adams as Jean’s husband, though, was atrocious. He was never much of an actor.

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