True Grit

  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Producers: Hal B Wallis
  • Writers: Marguerite Roberts, Charles Portis
  • Genres: Adventure, Western, Drama
  • Actors: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby

After her father is killed, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) arrives in Fort Smith, Arkansas looking for a marshal or deputy marshal who will help her search for Chaney. She soon learns about a deputy marshal called Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, and upon hearing about Cogburn’s legendary grit, Ross decides that he may be the man to help her. Unable to meet with Cogburn straight away she goes to the Monarch boardinghouse, where she meets Texas Ranger Le Boeuf.

Le Boeuf has recently come from Mattie’s home in Dardanelle, Arkansas, in Yell County, and advises Mattie that he too is searching for Chaney who killed a Texas Senator on his porch some time past. Mattie refuses Le Boeuf’s assistance.

The following day she meets Cogburn and his roommates; a tiny Chinese man, Chen Lee (H.W. Gim), and the ginger-colored cat, General Sterling Price. Agreeing to a price of $100, Ross and Cogburn set out to capture and return Chaney, who has taken up with a known criminal “Lucky” Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall) (whom Rooster shot in the lip in a gunfight) and his gang. Ross goes to see a local horse dealer (Strother Martin), from whom her father had bought four ponies, uncollected at the time of his death.

Weeks later, Mattie and Cogburn are at Mattie’s home, and Mattie shows him her family plot. She tells Rooster that she wants him to be buried beside her in the family plot, which surprises him, but he accepts, so long as she doesn’t mind if he doesn’t “…try to move in too soon!”. He then rides away, jumping a four-rail fence as the film ends….

Niagara

  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Writers: Charles Brackett, Richard L Breen, Walter Reisch
  • Genres: Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

On a delayed honeymoon (they have, in fact, been married three years), Ray and Polly Cutler (Max Showalter and Jean Peters) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage for some romance and relaxation. However, when they arrive they find out that their reserved cabin is occupied by another couple, George and Rose Loomis (Joseph Cotten and Marilyn Monroe). They politely offer to take another cabin, but the two couples become unavoidably tangled as time goes on.

The Cutlers quickly catch on to the Loomises’ bizarre relationship. Rose is much younger than George, who appears to have problems with depression, paranoia and anger management. It is even implied that he may have just been released from a mental hospital. Things become further complicated when Polly happens upon Rose kissing a young man named Patrick (Richard Allan). Both Cutlers also witness George’s rage firsthand the following evening after he cuts his hand while breaking a record and then trashes his hotel room.

It turns out that George has correctly assumed that Rose is cheating on him. Even worse is that she is planning his death with the assistance of Patrick, hoping to frame it as an accident. When the murder is completed, Patrick will put in a request at the nearby bell tower. Rose’s and Patrick’s “song” will play and Rose will know George has been killed. When she does hear these bells after her husband’s planned disappearance, she assumes the murder has taken place.

Polly is rescued by helicopter, and is reunited with her husband. They thank the police and leave the scene, arms around one another.