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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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Henry Koster

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay), Leonardo Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Dudley
Loretta Young ... Julia Brougham
David Niven ... Henry Brougham
Monty Woolley ... Professor Wutheridge
James Gleason ... Sylvester
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Hamilton
Elsa Lanchester ... Matilda
Sara Haden ... Mildred Cassaway
Karolyn Grimes ... Debby Brougham
Tito Vuolo ... Maggenti
Regis Toomey ... Mr. Miller
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Duffy
Margaret McWade ... Miss Trumbull
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Ward (as Ann O'Neal)
Ben Erway ... Mr. Perry
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the dog is Queenie. See more »

Goofs

In several shots throughout the movie, the dog trainer's shadow can be seen. When Dudley pushes Julia's chair in, at Henry's back a shadow moves, and the dog gets up and walks over to Dudley. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Wutheridge: When you want to know about a woman, ask the old men. They know.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Remade as The Preacher's Wife (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by: Charles Wesley (1839)
Sung by the children chorus in the opening scenes
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Charming film makes everyone feel good just watching it.
11 May 2002 | by camibear7See all my reviews

Great film. Cary Grant is charming as the angel sent down from heaven to help David Niven out after he prays a silent prayer to Almighty God to help him. David Niven is a minister with a lot on his hands. He wants to build a catherdral and he has to convince the richest woman in town to give them the funds. It has a charm and wit and comedy, along with a simple enjoyable movie. Loretta Young who is as beautiful as always,plays David Niven's wife who finds Cary Grant (Dudley) very charming and fun to be with. On one particular outing, Dudley and Loretta meet up with Monty Wooley( and old friend of the minister and his wife) who offers them a glass of wine. The fun part is that because Dudley blesses the wine quietly, the bottle of wine never runs out. It is continuely full. Miracles abound in this classic Christmas movie. Everyone of all ages will delight in watching it over and over again.


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