The Bishop's Wife (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bishop's Wife (1948)

The Bishop's Wife (1948)

The Bishop's Wife



Critic Consensus: The Bishop's Wife succeeds thanks to the strength of winning performances from a stellar cast, which includes Cary Grant and Loretta Young.

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When Episcopalian bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance in his efforts to raise the necessary funds for a new cathedral, his prayers are answered in the form of a handsome, personable guardian angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Establishing himself as a Yuletide guest in the Brougham home, Dudley arouses the ire of Henry, who, unaware that his visitor is from Up Above, assumes that Dudley has designs on the bishop's wife Julia (Loretta Young). Eventually, the lives of both Henry and Julia are agreeably altered by the presence of the affable angel: He regains the "common touch" he'd almost lost, while she realizes anew how much she truly loves her husband. Adapted by Robert E. Sherwood and Robert Bercovicci from a novel by Robert Nathan, The Bishop's Wife was remade in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston and Courtney B. Vance.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Romance, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Nathan, Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
RKO Radio Pictures


Cary Grant
as Dudley
David Niven
as Henry Brougham
Loretta Young
as Julia Brougham
Monty Woolley
as Prof. Wutheridge
James Gleason
as Sylvester
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Hamilton
Sara Haden
as Mildred Cassaway
Ben Erway
as Mr. Perry
Karolyn Grimes
as Debby Brougham
Tito Vuolo
as Maggenti
Regis Toomey
as Mr. Miller
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Duffy
Margaret McWade
as Miss Trumbull
Teddy Infur
as Attack Captain
Isabel Jewell
as Hysterical Mother
David Leonard
as Blind Man
Anne O'Neal
as Mrs. Ward
Kitty O'Neil
as Hat Shop Customer
Almira Sessions
as First Lady at Michel...
Margaret Wells
as Hat Shop Proprietres...
Bobby Anderson
as Defense Captain
Florence Auer
as Third Lady
Joseph J. Greene
as Santa Claus
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Edythe Elliott
as Saleslady
Claire Du Brey
as Second Lady
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Critic Reviews for The Bishop's Wife

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Grant's turn is thoroughly convincing because he himself appears to be having a terrific time: He's expansive, graceful, and seems always on the verge of chuckling with goodwill.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It is a big, slick production. The only thing it lacks is taste.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There must be some excuse for this but I can't imagine what it is.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While a fantasy, there are no fantastic heavenly manifestations. There's a humanness about the characters, even the angel, that beguiles full attention.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Top Critic

We cannot recommend you to a more delightful and appropriate Christmas show.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Cary's charm works as successfully upon audiences as it does upon the film's characters, and his relaxed wit plus Loretta Young's delicate loveliness makes for a frothily touching comedy.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bishop's Wife


Simply put, this one is all about Grant's charm, no more, no less. There's a story here about an angel helping out a Catholic bishop in a bit of a fix right around Christmastime, but it hardly matters at all as the work either enjoys Grant while he's onscreen, or waits for him while he's off. The other characters only job is to look at him with their mouths agape when he's on, and all do this pretty darn well. The unsung highlight of the piece is a ice skating number in the middle. Still one of my favs from my youth.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Number 9 in the quest for 30, though netflix is making it harder by raising there rates. A lost and forgotten movie from long ago with an all star cast of Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Cary Grant plays the angel Dudley who has come to earth to help a bishop in his dream of a church, along the way the bishop's wife played by Loretta Young falls in love with the angel. This is an excellent Christmas Film once again removed from TV play for its Christian Influence that was at one time instilled in all homes especially at Christmas. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Grant is an angel, now both literally and in this movie. How could you not like this movie? It's precious, I love it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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