The Bishop's Wife
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Recently re-made as "The Preacher's Wife" starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, the original was nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R)! Cary Grant stars as an angel come to earth in answer to the prayers of a struggling young bishop. Year: 1947 Director: Henry Koster Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Elsa Lanchester.]]>
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Directed by Henry Koster, with some nice photography from Gregg Toland, the screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood and Leonardo Bercovici captures perfectly the sentimental fantasy feel of all Robert Nathan's fine work. Cary Grant convinced producer Samuel Goldwyn to let him portray the role of Dudley rather than the bishop, and after seeing this film, it would be difficult to imagine it any other way.
Cary Grant always made everything look easy, but just how much work went into that illusion is exemplified by this film. Before shooting began, Grant could not ice skate, play the harp, or speak any French. By the time "The Bishop's Wife" was finished shooting, he could do all three. It was truly an accomplishment of heavenly preportions. The film itself was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture, and received another nomination for Best Director.
Henry Brogham (David Niven) is a newly appointed Episcopalian bishop trying to secure funds for a big cathedral he wants to build. He is selling out little by little to the demands of Mrs. Hamilton (Gladys Cooper), who helped get him his appointment and has the money he needs to make his dream come true. But he has forgotten about his wife's happiness in his quest to build the massive church, and when he prays for direction from God, he gets more than he bargained for.
Cary Grant is the Angel, Dudley, who's been sent to help out.Read more ›
Essentially, The Bishop's Wife is the story of a bishop (David Niven) who becomes overly obsessed with getting funds for a new cathedral and subsequently neglects his wife and the things that really count. After he prays for help with his project, an angel named Dudley (Cary Grant), arrives to make him see that really counts in his life and to entertain his wife (Loretta Young).
An interesting fact about this movie is that, after the initial script was found too dull, several expert writers were brought in (uncredited) to improve the movie. And it worked, because this movie has many good lines and scenes. Most importantly, however, this movie depends on the great performances of its stars. Cary Grant is really the only actor who could have made a role like Dudley seem realistic and interesting, and he pulls it off with his characteristic style, elegance, and charm. Like in all his roles, he plays this one effortlessly and just right. Niven is excellent as the stressed out bishop, and Loretta Young does a nice job as the neglected wife. All in all, a sweet movie!
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This film has become my family's go to holiday film. A-list cast, Cary Grant at the top of his form, not preachy, some laughs, grabs you right away and draws you right in. Read morePublished 2 days ago by B-towner
I have always been a fan of Cary Grant films. Grant is absolutely charming as he portrays an angel who helps a Bishop (David Niven) see the greater value of love above Niven's... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Teresa H.
Warm and affectionate movie for the whole family. Cary Grant is great as the Angel sent to help a Bishop. Read morePublished 2 days ago by David Kays
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The movie was made in 1947. All movies of that time were in the 4:3 aspect ratio, as it was the standard 35mm film format. Cinemascope didn't come until the 1950's, to combat the market loss of movies to Television. So the only way you could get a 16:9 aspect ratio for this movie would be to... Read More
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