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The Bishop's Wife (1947)

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A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising.

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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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Jede Frau braucht einen Engel  »

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William A. Seiter was the original director, but producer Samuel Goldwyn didn't like what he had shot and brought in Henry Koster to shoot a completely new film. The preview audience didn't like the new version, so Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett had to rewrite a couple of scenes without screen credit. See more »

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Right after the planning meeting near the beginning of the film, the Bishop and Julia are having a discussion. Around her neck is a bow with two strings hanging down, the right one just a little longer than the left. When they sit down at the dinner table immediately following, the right string is now way longer. See more »

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Prof. Wutheridge: God bless you!
Dudley: Thank you! I'll pass that recommendation along.
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Holiday Classic!
27 April 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The Bishop's Wife (1947- Directed by Henry Koster) A bishop (David Niven) trying to raise money for the construction of a new cathedral, prays for guidance. His answer comes in the shape of an angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Everyone loves the bishop's new assistant, Dudley that is. Especially, the bishop's wife (Loretta Young)! What follows is a joyous movie that showcases each of the three stars best talents. Grant gets to flash those pearly whites of his and be charming and Young gets to look beautiful and torn between depressed husband and fun-loving Dudley, and Niven gets to showcase his British stiff upper lip while at the same time display some very funny slapstick pratfalls. It's a charming movie that has lots of holiday atmosphere. Boys choirs singing, park skaters skating, city shoppers shopping, etc. Why only a scrooge wouldn't like this movie!


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