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The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 February 1948 (USA)
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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

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Henry Koster

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay), Leonardo Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Dudley
Loretta Young ... Julia Brougham
David Niven ... Henry Brougham
Monty Woolley ... Professor Wutheridge
James Gleason ... Sylvester
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Hamilton
Elsa Lanchester ... Matilda
Sara Haden ... Mildred Cassaway
Karolyn Grimes ... Debby Brougham
Tito Vuolo ... Maggenti
Regis Toomey ... Mr. Miller
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Duffy
Margaret McWade ... Miss Trumbull
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Ward (as Ann O'Neal)
Ben Erway ... Mr. Perry
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Storyline

An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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bishop | angel | christmas | hope | faith | See All (73) »

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Only comedy ever selected for Royal Command Performance! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bishop's Wife See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Britain the film was selected for that year's Royal Command Film Performance screening. Princess Margaret and her sister, Queen Elizabeth, both attended the screening of 'The Bishop's Wife' on November 25 at the Odeon Theatre in Leicester Square. According to David Niven, "The audience loved every second of it, and the Queen and Princess Margaret told me afterwards and at great length how much they had enjoyed it." Although most of the critics at the time sneered when it was released in time for Christmas 1947, the public audiences loved it as well. See more »

Goofs

After Dudley joins Julia in the park, they go to lunch at Michel's and then pay a visit to the Professor, but later when they return home and Julia tells the Bishop about their day, she says they went to visit the Professor and then went to Michel's. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hamilton: Now, that large window depicting St. George and the dragon...
Henry Brougham: Yes?
Mrs. Hamilton: I should very much like the countenance of St. George to suggest my late husband.
Henry Brougham: Uh, who do you see as the dragon?
Mrs. Hamilton: Oh... oh, any dragon.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in Hunter: The Black Dahlia (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by: Charles Wesley (1839)
Sung by the children chorus in the opening scenes
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Charming film makes everyone feel good just watching it.
11 May 2002 | by camibear7See all my reviews

Great film. Cary Grant is charming as the angel sent down from heaven to help David Niven out after he prays a silent prayer to Almighty God to help him. David Niven is a minister with a lot on his hands. He wants to build a catherdral and he has to convince the richest woman in town to give them the funds. It has a charm and wit and comedy, along with a simple enjoyable movie. Loretta Young who is as beautiful as always,plays David Niven's wife who finds Cary Grant (Dudley) very charming and fun to be with. On one particular outing, Dudley and Loretta meet up with Monty Wooley( and old friend of the minister and his wife) who offers them a glass of wine. The fun part is that because Dudley blesses the wine quietly, the bottle of wine never runs out. It is continuely full. Miracles abound in this classic Christmas movie. Everyone of all ages will delight in watching it over and over again.


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