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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:
Mrs. Hamilton
Mildred Cassaway
Debby Brougham
Mr. Miller
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Duffy
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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16 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Jede Frau braucht einen Engel  »

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1.37 : 1
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When Dudley is asked if he is receiving a letter, he alludes to his angelic nature by saying that "If I did get one, the stamp would certainly be worth saving." In Cary Grant's later picture, Charade (1963), his character is seeking a large fortune that is later revealed to have been used to purchase three rare stamps for safekeeping. See more »


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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An Angel For All Seasons
20 February 2006 | by 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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