The Bishop's Wife (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Cary Grant is at his cutest as a guardian angel, sent to smooth the path for beleaguered Episcopalian bishop David Niven. In praying for divine intervention to finance a new church, Niven probably never expected his prayers to be answered in the form of do-gooder Grant. Nor could Niven foreseen that his lovely wife Loretta Young would be attracted to the ethereal Mr. Grant. It's all quite innocent, of course, and by film's end, Grant has not only drummed up financial aid for Niven's community, but has also patched up the shaky marriage between the bishop and his wife. Based on a novel by Robert Nathan, The Bishop's Wife went through several script treatments and numerous cast changes before reaching the screen. It hardly seems worth all the effort, but the film does provide harmless TV entertainment if you're snowed in on Christmas Eve.

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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

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Whatever you make of the minor miracles performed along the way, there's no trouble believing that Cary would fall for Loretta or that anybody would fall for Cary.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

December 4, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

December 8, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

November 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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

November 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

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
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
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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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