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The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 February 1948 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tito Vuolo ...
Sarah Edwards ...
Margaret McWade ...
Miss Trumbull
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Ward (as Ann O'Neal)
Mr. Perry


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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bishop | fund | angel | christmas | prayer | See All (72) »


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Release Date:

16 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Jede Frau braucht einen Engel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert J Anderson is not the only actor in this film who also played a child in It's a Wonderful Life. Karolyn. Grimes, who plays Debbie, also played Zuzu in It's a Wonderful Life while Robert J Anderson played a young George Bailey. See more »


On the first morning, as Dudley is walking back into the study to organize the index cards, there is an editing error. You'll see a very brief exterior shot. It's too quick to see what it is in real-time, but if you pause it, you'll see that it's from the scene of the previous evening with Dudley and the Professor standing in front of the old church building. See more »


Dudley: Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread.
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Referenced in The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) See more »


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Music by Emil Newman and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
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An Angel For All Seasons
20 February 2006 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

What a pleasure to revisit this Henry Koster little gem. Everything works in the most unexpected way. The mystic magic of the story is utterly contagious. The unexpected musical number on ice skates by Cary Grant, Loretta Young and James Gleason made me want to see it again straight away and thanks to the new technologies I was able to do it on the spot. There was a remake of this movie a few years ago, remember? No, probably not. Denzel Washington in the Cary Grant part and Whitney Huston in Loretta Young's. To see both films back to back should be a masterclass in film anthropology that proves without a doubt that with the passing of time we have lost something invaluable. I don't know what it is. Maybe there isn't a word for it yet. What I would love to share with all of you is the joy that "The Bishop's Wife" borough to me. Even Gladys Cooper's upper class monster has a moment of exquisite redemption. Not to be missed.

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