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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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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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In Britain the film was selected for that year's Royal Command Film Performance screening. Princess Margaret and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, both attended the screening of 'The Bishop's Wife' on November 25 at the Odeon Theatre in Leichester Square. According to David Niven, "The audience loved every second of it, and the Queen and Princess Margaret told me afterwards and at great length how much they had enjoyed it." Although most of the critics at the time sneered, when it was released in time for Christmas 1947 the public audiences loved it as well. See more »

Goofs

After Dudley joins Julia in the park, they go to lunch at Michel's and then pay a visit to the Professor. But later when they return home and Julia tells the Bishop about their day, she says they went to visit the Professor and then went to Michel's. See more »

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Sylvester: The main trouble is there are too many people who don't know where they're going and they want to get there too fast!
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Noël
(Montez à Dieu) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod
Sung by the boys' choir
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Holiday Classic!
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – 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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