Niagara (1953) may have been filmed in dazzling Technicolor, but it’s got the black heart of a film noir!Directed by Henry Hathaway from a script by Billy Wilder’s frequent collaborator Charles Brackett (who also produced it), Walter Reisch, and Richard Breen, Niagara is a dark thriller despite the blue skies and white waters of majestic Niagara Falls; even Sol Kaplan’s music has a dark but lush tone, bringing to mind one of my favorite composers, Bernard Hermann.Director of Photography Joe Mc Donald (The Dark Corner, My Darling Clementine, Mirage) shot the beautiful, bright locations while still making atmospheric, suspenseful use of shadows and light.Even more dazzling is Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest star vehicles; the film’s ads boasted about the film’s two “forces of nature,” Niagara Falls and Marilyn, and they meant it! In the intro to the most recent TCM airing of Niagara, Robert Osborne reported that Zanuck felt she had no class, and that gals like her were a dime a dozen. But the Marilyn Buzz was stronger and louder than Niagara Falls itself, so she got the upper hand; good for her!
This was one of my first summer jobs, where I worked throughout university.According to a release issued last year by Key Bank owner Key Corp, First Niagara had billion in assets, billion in deposits and 394 banking offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.“I am confident that the combination of First Niagara and Key will benefit our shareholders, customers and the communities we serve and will build off the great progress that the First Niagara team has made,” said Nathaniel D.Woodson, chairman First Niagara’s Board of Directors.The merger is resulting in considerable consolidation, including the closure of 106 Key Bank and First Niagara branches, 12 of which are in the Lower Hudson Valley. in Rye Brook, is scheduled to shutter in November but four more are expected to close in 2017: 338 Route 59 in Central Nyak; 23 South Moger Ave. in Ossining; and 230 North Middletown in Pearl River.There are seven First Niagara branches closing in the Lower Hudson Valley this month: 600 Bedford Road in New Bedford; Erie Street at Route 303 in Blauvelt; 117 East Route 59 in Nanuet; 219 South Main Street in New City; 180 South Liberty Drive in Stony Point; 62 Lafayette Ave. The technical aspects of the merger began last week, with online bill pay halting on Thursday, First Niagara branches closing on Friday.