Niagara (1953) Filming Locations

Location #1: George wandering


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


4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

14 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!

  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! 🙂

    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.

      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.

  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.)

  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.

  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.

    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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