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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)


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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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The Theatre's Comedy Success - Now a Screen Hit!


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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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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 »


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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A Mixed Bag
14 September 2010 | by reader4See all my reviews

The Bishop Misbehaves is actually three movies with slightly overlapping casts. Although it is not as extreme a case, it is similar to The Strawberry Blonde (1941) (which I also reviewed) in that it has a first-class comedy section in the middle that is overshadowed by the other parts.

Part 1 is a dopey love story, the kind of which seemingly thousands abound in Hollywood movies of the 30s and 40s. Norman Foster falls in love with a girl solely because of her looks. He feels that the way to win her is to be as grating, obnoxious and persistent as possible, essentially stalking her. Maureen O'Sullivan is cold, put off and off-putting, not the least bit interested, as she rightfully should be. But after knowing this clod who has no redeeming features whatsoever for a few hours, she is completely and permanently in love with him! I wonder if films like this are one reason the divorce rate is so high -- people thinking they should be like that, too.

Part 1 also contains some of the set-up for the other two parts, particularly Part 3. These portions are completely non-comedic. In fact, the only "comedy" at all in Part 1 is Foster's annoying antics. Gwenn is completely absent from this part.

O'Sullivan was clearly one of the women, like Norma Shearer, who was particularly targeted by the Hayes Code, among other things for her eye-popping nude scene in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). Here she is quite the opposite, obviously on her best behavior. She wears high-necked blouses, and hardly shows even so much as a bare ankle! Much more businesslike than sexy.

Part 2 begins almost 30 minutes into the film with the entrance of Edmund Gwenn. He is good in everything I've ever seen him in (for a couple of more serious roles, I recommend Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Green Dolphin Street (1947)), but he is simply delightful here. And his sister, played by Lucile Watson, is even more so.

Part 2 is a wonderful comedy, unusual, fast-paced and full of plot twists. Gwenn is a bishop (Anglican, one supposes) who obviously spends more time reading detective novels than writing sermons. Watson is his sister, a strait-laced spinster, called in the opening credits, "fourteen times president of the Primrose League," without any further explanation of what that may mean. Contrary to what you might expect from such a woman, she is a full-bore thrill seeker, absolutely fearless, and nothing but highly entertained by all the exciting and dangerous situations that the film brings her.

Gwenn is like a kid in a candy store, tickled pink to have a chance to try out some of the tricks he has read about in the detective stories. Part 2 centers on his smooth, deft, savvy outsmarting of the criminals. It is absolutely hilarious! Foster and O'Sullivan are almost completely absent from this part, only coming in at the very end.

Part 3 ruined the movie for me. It is a straightforward rescue-the-kidnap-victims-from-the-gang-of-underworld-hoods movie. It is almost completely devoid of comedy, unless you count Gwenn's wrongfully being taken to a shelter for homeless skid row bums, which is only funny because such a thing is so absurd. There is certainly nothing comedic about the home, nor his stay there.

He does a complete volte face from his aplomb in Part 2. He screws up everything he touches. At the end, he is being severely chastised by all concerned, including himself. A downer ending to what is supposed to be a comedy!

Watson is absent from Part 3, as are Foster and O'Sullivan, largely. They spend more than half their on-screen time in this part tied up and gagged. The action centers on two rival gangs of thugs and Gwenn's involvement with them and the cops. The only stand-out in Part 3 is Lilian Bond, who appeared briefly in Part 1, a rich, snobbish moll who ends up being surprisingly respectable.

If the movie had all been like Part 2, I would have rated it a 9/10 and kept it. As it is, I taped over it.

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