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The Bishop's Wife (9-Dec-1947)

Director: Henry Koster

Writers: Robert E. Sherwood; Leonardo Bercovici

From novel: The Bishop's Wife by Robert Nathan

Music: Hugo Friedhofer

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Christmas, Angels

Bishop Henry Brougham is raising money for a grand cathedral; he prays for guidance and is sent an angel manifested as Dudley, who by example reminds everyone what things are truly important. In the original casting, David Niven's and Cary Grant's roles were reversed! Won Oscar for Best Sound Recording; received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Dramatic Score and Best Editing. Remade with Denzel Washington in The Preacher's Wife (1996).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Gladys Cooper
18-Dec-1888 17-Nov-1971 My Fair Lady
James Gleason
23-May-1882 12-Apr-1959 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Cary Grant
18-Jan-1904 29-Nov-1986 North by Northwest
Sara Haden
17-Nov-1899 15-Sep-1981 The Shop Around the Corner
Elsa Lanchester
28-Oct-1902 26-Dec-1986 Bride of Frankenstein
David Niven
1-Mar-1909 29-Jul-1983 Pencil-moustachioed actor
Regis Toomey
13-Aug-1898 12-Oct-1991 Burke's Law
Monty Woolley
17-Aug-1888 6-May-1963 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Loretta Young
6-Jan-1913 12-Aug-2000 Platinum Blonde


Cary Grant   ...   Dudley
Loretta Young   ...   Julia Brougham
David Niven   ...   Henry Brougham
Monty Woolley   ...   Prof. Wutheridge
James Gleason   ...   Sylvester
Gladys Cooper   ...   Mrs. Hamilton
Elsa Lanchester   ...   Matilda
The Mitchell Boychoir   ...   Choir
Sara Haden   ...   Mildred Cassaway
Karolyn Grimes   ...   Debby Brougham
Tito Vuolo   ...   Maggenti
Regis Toomey   ...   Mr. Miller
Sarah Edwards   ...   Mrs. Duffy
Margaret McWade   ...   Miss Trumbull
Anne O'Neal   ...   Mrs. Ward
Ben Erway   ...   Mr. Perry
Erville Alderson   ...   Stevens
Bobby Anderson   ...   Defense Captain
Teddy Infuhr   ...   Attack Captain
Eugene Borden   ...   Michel
Almira Sessions   ...   First Lady in Michel's
Claire DuBrey   ...   Second Lady
Florence Auer   ...   Third Lady
Margaret Wells   ...   Hat Shop Proprietress
Kitty O'Neil   ...   Hat Shop Customer
Isabel Jewell   ...   Hysterical Mother
David Leonard   ...   Blind Man
Dorothy Vaughan   ...   Delia
Edgar Dearing   ...   Policeman


Review by bruzzes (posted on 1-Oct-2005)

Cary Grant at his best...a suave smooth ladies man. In this movie Grant plays an angel sent down from heaven to solve the problems of a minister and his wife. David Niven plays the minister as... David Niven. Loretta Young is his lonely wife. The plot is simple. The minister is so intent on building a beautiful cathedral that he forgets the important people in his life. Mainly his wife. Cary Grant fills the void in the ministers wife and in a subtle way forces the minister to realize how far he has separated himself in their relationship and what is really important in his life.

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