The Bishop's Wife (1948)
The Bishop's Wife (1948)
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
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Critic Reviews for The Bishop's Wife
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.
While a fantasy, there are no fantastic heavenly manifestations. There's a humanness about the characters, even the angel, that beguiles full attention.
We cannot recommend you to a more delightful and appropriate Christmas show.
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.
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
Grant is an angel, now both literally and in this movie. How could you not like this movie? It's precious, I love it.
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