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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
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One of the kindest, gentlest, most beautiful movies ever made...
A good script and inspired casting is what makes this film a real winner.
Cary Grant as Dudley the Angel has a charm that transcends his role.
When he enters a room his presence fills the screen -- you know he is there even if you cannot always see him.
Loretta Young (who was a last minute replacement) is positively luminescent when she gazes into Dudley's face.
This goes for Elsa Lanchester and Gladys Cooper (the staff at the Bishop's house) too -- they have absolute adoration in their countenance. Not hard to do with Cary Grant I am sure -- but they take it to the spiritual level.
David Niven gives just the right amount of disbelief and cynicism as the Bishop that may have lost his faith.
I have always enjoyed performances by Monty Wooley and again he is perfectly cast as the self-described "has-been scholar."
The special effects are wonderful for a time (1947) when special effects were pretty much in their infancy.
Movie books classify "The Bishop's Wife" as a fantasy -- but there is so much more there than that.
It is a love story, a comedy, a drama and an all around inspiring film.
"Peace on Earth; good will towards men."
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