A debonair angel comes to Earth to help an Episcopalian bishop and his wife in their quest to raise money for the new church.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay), Leonardo Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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angel | christmas | faith | church | bishop | See All (78) »

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Laughs come thick and fast when Cary meets THE BISHOP'S WIFE! See more »


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Loretta Young and Cary Grant also starred together in Born to be Bad (1934) thirteen years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Broughman asks Mr. Maggenti to deliver the Christmas tree late on Christmas Eve so as to surprise her daughter. Maggenti confirms he will deliver the tree after "the little bambino" goes to bed. Bambino is an Italian endearment term for a baby boy, not a baby girl. It is okay to use bambino as a general term when the gender is unknown or unspecified, however Maggenti clearly heard that the child in question is a girl. Instead he should have used the term "bambina". See more »

Quotes

Henry Brougham: Dudley, if we should need you again, will you come back?
Dudley: Not I. I shall ask to be assigned to the other end of the Universe.
Henry Brougham: Is that because I was so difficult?
Dudley: Oh, no. This difficulty was in me. When an Immortal finds himself envying the Mortal he is entrusted to his care, it's a danger signal. Take her in your arms and hold her tight.
[Coming]
Dudley: Kiss her for me, you lucky Henry!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Andrew Klavan Show: Episode #1.436 (2017) See more »

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Lost April
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Music by Emil Newman and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
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An Angel For All Seasons
20 February 2006 | by marcosaguadoSee 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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Language:

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Release Date:

16 February 1948 (USA) See more »

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