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The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 13 September 1935 (USA)
On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she ... See full summary »


Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont)


Leon Gordon (screen play), Frederick J. Jackson (from the play by) (as Frederick Jackson)




Complete credited cast:
Edmund Gwenn ... Bishop
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Hester
Lucile Watson ... Lady Emily
Reginald Owen ... Guy Waller
Dudley Digges ... 'Red'
Norman Foster ... Donald
Lilian Bond ... Mrs. Waller
Melville Cooper ... Collins
Robert Greig ... Rosalind
Charles McNaughton Charles McNaughton ... 'Frenchy'
Etienne Girardot ... Brooke
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Grantham (as Ivan Simpson)
Lumsden Hare ... Constable
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Clyde ... (scenes deleted)
Charles Coleman ... Commissionaire (scenes deleted)


On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and hearing that she plans to rob Mr. Waller, the man who has cheated her father out of thousands of pounds, Donald agrees. A robbery at a pub is arranged, but the Bishop of Broadminster, an avid mystery fan, and his sister stumble into it. Playing detective the Bishop complicates matters and each side, the Bishop, the unscrupulous Waller, the gang Hester hires, and Hester and Donald, each get the upper hand along the way. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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It is the story of a man who was a Bishop by day and a Detective at night, and always a lovable gentleman. (Print Ad- Register-Herald, ((Pine Plains, NY)) 26 September 1935) See more »


Comedy | Crime


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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Thursday 2 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Cincinnati 15 May 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Philadelphia 28 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Chicago 20 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Seattle 26 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by New Haven CT 1 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Miami 8 August 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Lubbock TX 11 August 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), by Norfolk VA 13 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Portland OR 24 August 1957 on KGW), by Minneapolis 20 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and eventually by San Francisco 27 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City 28 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


After Donald photographs, then meets Hester in church, he leaves to continue to take pictures. In the next scene, Donald's shadow can be seen on the backdrop as he takes more pictures. See more »


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Abide with Me
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Hymn by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Sung a cappella by Etienne Girardot
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Gwenn, Watson & Girardot...
20 May 2004 | by drednm2004See all my reviews

steal this neat little film from "stars" Maureen O'Sullivan and Norman Foster, although they aren't bad. Edmund Gwenn has the title role and is wonderful.

Lucile Watson is his daffy sister, and she's been less stuffy. Etienne Girardot is hilarious as the parish priest who clicks and clucks at everything. Also good are Reginald Owen, Robert Greig, Melville Cooper, Lillian Bond, Iris Lee, Dudley

Digges, and Charles McNaughton as Frenchy (why he is Frenchy no one knows). Fun all around.

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Release Date:

13 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de uma Noite See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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