The Bishop's WifeDirector: Henry Koster,
When Episcopalian bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance in his efforts to raise the necessary funds for a new cathedral, his prayers are answered in the form of a handsome, personable guardian angel named Dudley (Cary Grant). Establishing himself as a Yuletide guest in the Brougham home, Dudley arouses the ire of Henry, who, unaware that his visitor is from Up Above, assumes that Dudley has designs on the bishop's wife Julia (Loretta Young). Eventually, the lives of both Henry and Julia are agreeably altered by the presence of the affable angel: He regains the "common touch" he'd almost lost, while she realizes anew how much she truly loves her husband. Adapted by Robert E. Sherwood and Robert Bercovicci from a novel by Robert Nathan, The Bishop's Wife was remade in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston and Courtney B. Vance.
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Cast & Crew
|Loretta Young||Julia Brougham|
|David Niven||Henry Brougham|
|Monty Woolley||Prof. Wutheridge|
|Gladys Cooper||Mrs. Hamilton|
|Claire Du Brey||Second Lady|
|Sarah Edwards||Mrs. Duffy|
|Ben Erway||Mr. Perry|
|Karolyn Grimes||Debby Brougham|
|Sara Haden||Mildred Cassaway|
|Teddy Infuhr||Attack Captain|
|Isabel Jewell||Hysterical Mother|
|David Leonard||Blind Man|
|Margaret McWade||Miss Trumbull|
|Anne O'Neal||Mrs. Ward|
|Kitty O'Neil||Hat Shop Customer|
|Almira Sessions||First Lady at Michel's|
|Regis Toomey||Mr. Miller|
|Margaret Wells||Hat Shop Proprietress|
|Bobby Anderson||Defense Captain|
|Florence Auer||Third Lady|
|Joseph J. Greene||Santa Claus|
|Perry Ferguson||Art Director|
|Hugo W. Friedhofer||Score Composer|
|John P. Fulton||Special Effects|
|Charles Henderson||Art Director|
|Julia Heron||Set Decoration/Design|
|George Jenkins||Art Director|
|Fred Lau||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Emil Newman||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Irene Sharaff||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Robert E. Sherwood||Screenwriter|
1. Chapter 1 [1:14]
2. Chapter 2 [8:38]
3. Chapter 3 [6:17]
4. Chapter 4 [6:52]
5. Chapter 5 [7:40]
6. Chapter 6 [9:39]
7. Chapter 7 [5:42]
8. Chapter 8 [4:36]
9. Chapter 9 [9:36]
10. Chapter 10 [6:02]
11. Chapter 11 [16:17]
12. Chapter 12 [3:51]
13. Chapter 13 [8:35]
14. Chapter 14 [4:20]
15. Chapter 15 [6:18]
16. Chapter 16 [3:38]
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This is a wonderful christmas movie. I look forward to the holiday seasons just so i can watch this movie!!! We curl up on the sofa with hot cocoa on a cold day and make a day out of watching this and It's a wonderful life.
Not only are the characters wonderful, but the storyline is absolutely the best. I never tire of watching this movie...it is one of my all time favorites. It leaves you with a warm feeling of hope, peace, love and good cheer. That's what Christmas is all about. It brings us back to the reality of what Christmas is suppose to be...and remember that is why Christ came in the first place. If we all could see this a few times a year it would keep us in that Christmas ''spirit'' all year through. Watch it this season with your family...we do every year. It has become a family tradition, and that I believe is a wonderful reason to bring us all together. No matter how many times I see it, I cry... so have a box of kleenex handy! Hope you enjoy it as well as we do. Have a Blessed Holiday Season and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
This movie truly touches your heart and makes you really think about the true meaning of Christmas and appreciating the important people in your life. This is a Christmas movie I can truly say I'll never get tired of watching! Watch this movie!!
Suffice it to say that this is a "perfect" Christmas movie whose story slowly unfolds and draws you in. It will touch even the most jaded person who take the time to sit quietly and watch it. I consider it a MUST have for any complete Christmas movie collection. If you haven't seen it, this is the year to do so. What are you waiting for??
One of my favorite holiday movies, and not just because Cary Grant is in it. David Niven, as the bishop, is wonderful. His scene, ''stuck'' in a chair, is a classic. The lesser actors in this movie are all standouts. James Gleason, Elsa Lanchester, Gladys Cooper, Monty Wooley, and Regis Toomey all help make this a terrific movie. What can I say about Cary Grant but ''Wow!'' He's highly believable as Dudley the angel. This is a definite ''must see'' every Christmas!
The characters wonderful! The storyline is absolutely the best. I never tire of watching this movie. It leaves you feeling full of hope, peace, love and good cheer. That's what Christmas is all about! This is truly a touching movie that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling.
This movie captivated me from the first scenes. I love all of the main and supporting characters. It's very easy to fall for Cary Grant as he's so charismatic, gentlemanly, and attentive to Loretta Young's character. Boy, do they possess the chemistry! Alas, he is an angel and not to be had. David Niven's character is transformed by his eventual self-awareness and restored faith. All seems just right when Cary Grant ends up not getting the girl this time. I love this movie and watch it many times a year and especially at Christmas.
Sweet movie of the 40's. Lovely story. I miss the good old movies where you could get a moral and see beautiful people in pretty clothes and good, small town ethics. Great nostalgic, happy movie. Need more like this!
THE BISHOP'S WIFE is a very entertaining movie, for Christmas or anytime. The cast includes, Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and David Niven, A wonderful movie, full of love and hope. Perfect for the entire family. Wait until you see how Cary Grant decorates a Christmas Tree! Highly Recommended!
This is a movie I never tire of watching each Christmas. The characters are wonderful as is the story line.
I watch this movie every year. It never grows old and Is gentile, kind, and funny. I highly recommend it.
THIS IS ONE OF THE OVERLOOKED CLASSICS. A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS STORY WITH A MESSAGE. WONDERFUL CHARACTERS AND A TERRIFIC STORY. WE LIKE IT AS MUCH OR MORE THAN IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT SEEN IT AND ARE MISSING A FUN EXPERIENCE.
One of the best Xmas movie ever if not the best!!A good one while triming the tree.
Love love love this movie. It's not Christmas without it!
My wife and I have always loved this movie, and we are fortunate to now have it in our personal dvd library to view whenever we want. There is a magic in the movie that just draws you to it, and even though you know the outcome, you are fascinated to watch it over and over. Great video.
Wonderful Movie! Cary Grant's angelic character makes the Bishop realize how important his family life should be and how lucky he is to have his beautiful wife and daughter. Success takes a back seat to family.
They just don't make 'em like they used to. This is by far one of the most engaging holiday classics in film history. The characters are both lovable and intelligent. The story has a "Pollyanna" feel to it, showing how one person can affect the lives of so many others. How the "good" in mankind is contagious. Don't miss it. It's a family favorite of ours. Definitely appeals to every generation! Carey Grant at his best.
My in-laws recommended this movie at Christmas - the whole family loved it. It is now a seasonal favorite.
This is one of those films that captures the essence, the 'wonderment' and the magical 'something' that touches something deep inside of you. The special effects are nothing spectacular compared to today's standards, but for the time period in which this original B&W film was made they capture your attention make you double-take with amazement... and if you dare to let go and loose yourself in this film you will marvel and believe that angels do walk amongst us, and that seemingly normal occurances in our lives today often do reflect the magic of Christmastime as well as those odd inexplicable occurances of everyday life.