7.6/10
13,525
150 user 46 critic

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 February 1948 (USA)
Trailer
2:38 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
Mr. Lucky (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford
Holiday Inn (1942)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Directors: Mark Sandrich, Robert Allen
Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds
Father Goose (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bishop | angel | christmas | hope | faith | See All (73) »

Taglines:

The Bishop's Wife is one of those really rare pictures that leaves you with a wonderful glow! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dana Andrews was considered for a major role in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dudley first composes the Christmas sermon he mentions the gift of a tie before a book, but when the bishop gives the sermon, he reverses the order and mentions the book before the tie. See more »

Quotes

Dudley: I don't want to leave.
Julia Brougham: Why?
Dudley: There are few people who know the secret of making a heaven here on earth. You are one of those rare people.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost April
(uncredited)
Music by Emil Newman and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
See more »

User Reviews

 
Touched by an angel
17 June 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Dudley, the angel, comes to earth to teach a thing or two to the people of this town, or so it seems. He touches everyone he encounters in a positive way. The message is how we humans get so involved in things that are so unimportant that we miss the big picture.

This film, directed by Henry Koster, is a classic. In fact, I am surprised it doesn't play more during Christmas, or maybe I have missed seeing it around that time of the year that is the setting for the angel's appearance. It seems as though Dudley is pointing to the arrival of Christmas at a time, perhaps, when the season had still a non-commercial aspect and it was, after all, a family affair.

The cast was exceptional. Cary Grant is Dudley, the man/angel who turns everything he touches into a lesson on how to be kind. Julia, the bishop's wife, plays the neglected woman with conviction. David Niven plays the preoccupied bishop who is trying to bring the moneyed people of town to his side in order to erect his monument to his own ego.

Gladys Cooper is also a distinguished face in the film. She is Mrs. Hamilton who learns a thing or two about humility. Elsa Lanchester was a happy figure in whatever film she appeared. Monty Woolley, as the professor is also effective. James Gleason was one of the most prolific character actors of his generation. He is excellent as Sylvester, the taxi driver who befriends Julia and Dudley. Their ice skating sequence is one of the best things of the film.

This is a film to treasure.


58 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 150 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bishop's Wife See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed