The Bishop's Wife


The Bishop's Wife

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 23


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User Ratings: 7,955
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A harassed bishop's prayers are answered when an angel (Cary Grant) is sent from heaven to help him raise money for a new church. The heavenly agent performs a number of miracles on his behalf, restoring hope to all.

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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
Claire Du Brey
as Second Lady
Sara Haden
as Mildred Cassaway
Karolyn Grimes
as Debby Brougham
Ben Erway
as Mr. Perry
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's
Margaret Wells
as Hat Shop Proprietress
Bobby Anderson
as Defense Captain
Florence Auer
as Third Lady
Joseph J. Greene
as Santa Claus
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Edythe Elliott
as Saleslady
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Critic Reviews for The Bishop's Wife

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Audience Reviews for The Bishop's Wife

  • Dec 21, 2014
    The Cary Grant classic The Bishop's Wife is a delightful film that's full of Christmas cheer. A struggling bishop who's working to build a new cathedral gets the surprise of his life when he receives a visitation by an angel. Co-starring Loretta Young and David Niven, the casting's pretty good and so are the performances. However, some of the character development is poorly done; particularly the bishop, whose redemption arch is underserved. Yet Grant lights up the screen, giving the material a charm that overcomes the weaknesses in the script. The Bishop's Wife may be a little too lighthearted, but for a holiday film it works.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Dec 20, 2009
    I liked the first hour or so of this, but it got a little boring after that.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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