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The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 February 1948 (USA)
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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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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Originally Cary Grant played the bishop and David Niven the angel. When original director William A. Seiter left the film, Henry Koster replaced him and viewed what had been shot so far. He realized that the two were in the wrong roles. It took some convincing because Grant wanted the title role of the Bishop. He eventually accepted the change and his role as the angel was one of the most widely praised of his career. See more »

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Not only is Dudley's ice skating double shorter, he also appears to be wearing thick dark-rimmed glasses. See more »

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Noël
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Music by Charles Gounod
Sung by the boys' choir
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Cary Grant plays an angel who brightens everybody's day.
27 December 1999 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Holiday favorite with a fine cast. Cary Grant is the angel who entrances women the way Peter O'Toole did in 'What's New, Pussycat" but we're on a little firmer moral ground here. Fine supporting cast includes James Gleason as the skating taxi cab driver and Monty Wooley as the history professor.


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