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Henry Koster's Christmas comedy The Bishop's Wife comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while French and Spanish soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible, and both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release ...
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Henry Koster's Christmas comedy The Bishop's Wife comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while French and Spanish soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible, and both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that should please fans of the film.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo and mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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One of the most beloved of all Christmas films, The Bishop's Wife is a delightful combination of witty dialogue and charming performances. The polished finished product is all the more remarkable considering its troubled production history. William Seiter originally directed the film, with Cary Grant in the part of the bishop and David Niven as the angel (amazingly, they would swap roles for the final product). The film's notoriously short-tempered producer Samuel Goldwyn was furious with Seiter's finished product, fired the director and started from scratch. He hired Henry Koster to re-direct, but initial audience previews went poorly, and several new scenes were written (some from an uncredited Billy Wilder). The end product shows none of the seams, and the film was rewarded with five Academy Award nominations, including one for Koster (Best Director) and one for Goldwyn (Best Picture). The Bishop's Wife became of the most cherished Christmas movies ever -- strangely enough, it would be released within two years of the other perennial favorites It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Remade, dreadfully, by director Penny Marshall in 1996 as The Preacher's Wife.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616858917
  • Original Release: 1947
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Dudley
Loretta Young Julia Brougham
David Niven Henry Brougham
Monty Woolley Prof. Wutheridge
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Hamilton
James Gleason Sylvester
Elsa Lanchester Matilda
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
Dorothy Vaughan Delia
Tito Vuolo Maggenti
Margaret Wells Hat Shop Proprietress
Bobby Anderson Defense Captain
Eugene Borden Michel
Florence Auer Third Lady
Joseph J. Greene Santa Claus
Erville Alderson Stevens
Edgar Dearing Policeman
Edythe Elliott Saleslady
Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Leonardo Bercovici Screenwriter
Monica Collingwood Editor
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
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
Robert Stephanoff Makeup
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [1:13]
2. Who's That Man? [6:37]
3. Cathedral Committee [2:01]
4. An Angel Sent To Help [6:17]
5. The New Assistant [6:52]
6. Back At Michel's [7:39]
7. The Professor's Coin [3:23]
8. Doubting Henry [6:17]
9. Family Business [5:41]
10. The Boys Choir [4:37]
11. The Joys Of Living [7:12]
12. A Dudley Christmas [2:23]
13. Changing Her Tune [6:02]
14. Truth About Dudley [3:30]
15. The Work Is Done [5:51]
16. Empty Stocking/Credits [6:55]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English: Chase Stereo
         English: Original Mono
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Be Careful What You Ask 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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Christmas Movie!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Christmas MUST SEE 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??

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic for all time

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Bishop's Wife

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Holiday Favorite!

    Love love love this movie. It's not Christmas without it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Captivating movie!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A True Christmas Classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loveda it.

    My in-laws recommended this movie at Christmas - the whole family loved it. It is now a seasonal favorite.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An all-time holiday classic!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    A Holiday Delight

    The Bishop's Wife. This beautifully directed 1940's black and white Christmas movie is charming and heartwarming. Church Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) wants to build a new and bigger church in the worst way. He is even willing to kowtow to rich demanding congregation members to get funding. Loretta Young as his lovely and somewhat neglected wife Julia, understands how badly her husband wants his new church but she doesn't want him to forget why he became a Bishop and to remember where his real duties lie. In desperation Henry prays for help and guidance. Help comes to him in form of a handsome, debonair and somewhat irreverent angel named Dudley, played superbly by Cary Grant. Grant arrives and immediately steals the heart of Henry's young daughter as well as the hearts of his secretary, maid and wife. When Henry cancels an appointment to hear young members in his congregation sing, Dudley goes instead. Dudley also encourages Julia to buy a rakish hat she admires, he takes her dining and dancing and wins over the disapproving church members who see them together. It seems that angel Dudley can do no wrong, everyone loves him, except Henry who starts to wonder if Dudley really is an angel and what is his real purpose here. David Niven as the somewhat uptight Bishop was the right choice for this role. There are so many wonderful scenes in this movie. Dudley magically types letters and stuffs envelopes so Henry's secretary can leave the office early to do Christmas shopping; he decorates the tree that the fluttering maid (a very young Elsa Lanchester) has just started to trim; and he has taxi driver, James Gleason, ice skating like an Olympic champion. When the boys won't let Julia's daughter play catch because she throws like a girl, Dudley steps in to give her a good pitching arm. Monty Woolley as the Professor who suspects that Dudley is a VERY special person is simply wonderful. This is the perfect story for all faiths. Vannie(~.~)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see xmas flick

    One of the best Xmas movie ever if not the best!!A good one while triming the tree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THERE 'IS' MAGIC AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    A heartwarming classic!

    This wonderful film stars Cary Grant as an angel named Dudley, who¿s sent to help a frustrated bishop (David Niven) raise money for a new church. This excellent film also stars the pretty Loretta Young as the bishop's kind but neglected wife. This is a marvelous movie that is funny and touching all at once. Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven are all in top form. This is a super film to watch during the holidays or any time of the year! Film also stars Elsa Lanchester, Monty Woolley and Gladys Cooper.

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