The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

DVD - 2001
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Cary Grant stars as an angel who materializes in answer to the prayers of a harried young bishop, David Niven. Niven's efforts to raise money for a new cathedral have endangered his marriage to beautiful Loretta Young. Grant enters the bishop's household hoping to end the problems plaguing the family, but instead the bishop's negelected wife becomes infatuated with him.


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Nov 16, 2018

Fabulous and charming movie. They don't make movies like this anymore. Cary Grant is fantastic as the angel.

Sep 24, 2018

Old-fashioned movie with an angel taking on the task of marital counselling, along with choosing what matters.

Jun 10, 2018

We no longer consider ourselves Christians. We watched this whole movie with pleasure, though. It is nice. Made in 1947, when we were children, the script isn't as dumb as it seems in places. It has good values. However, if the acting weren't great, the movie would make you want to puke.

Dec 16, 2017

I watch this movie every Christmas. A lovely movie about struggling with faith, prayers being answered differently than we expect, and finding joy in the true meaning of Christmas. I always enjoy watching Cary Grant and David Nivens.

Dec 10, 2017

Classic. Right up there with Frank Capra’s ‘’It’s A Wonderful Life.‘’ A must for the holiday season.

Very dated. I could not finish it. Role of the obedient, trusting wife and suspicious husband obscured the message.

Dec 13, 2016

An angel answers a bishop's prayer for guidance, just prior to Christmas. This black-and-white movie is a little slow, but it's worth seeing at least once. It is a light and gentle comedy. Cary Grant made every film he was in better. The Preacher's Wife starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston is a remake of The Bishop's Wife. Fun fact for Minnesotans: According to, the snowball fighting scene in The Bishop's Wife was filmed at Loring Park in Minneapolis.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A nice little classic Christmas movie. It has its dated moments, but largely stands the test of time. As for classic Christmas films, I liked this better than Miracle on 34th Street, but not nearly as much as It's a Wonderful Life (though I personally don't consider ...Wonderful Life a "Christmas movie" per se). I liked the tension in this film, was even a little surprised at how far they took the implications, but wished it could've been taken a little further. This is one I might revisit in Christmas future.

May 30, 2016

A cloying bit of fluffiness drenched in yuletide cheeriness but ultimately saved by a trio of fine performances and Gregg Toland's beautiful B&W cinematography which cashes in on snowy stage sets and cozy fireplaces. As an added bonus the ebullient Monty Woolley gives a twinkling cameo as Professor Wutheridge, a stuffy academic whose brush with an angel renews his faith in mankind. Put this one alongside Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".

Feb 13, 2016

This is a 1947 romantic comedy directed by Henry Koster, based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Robert Nathan.
It is a story about an angel who helps a bishop with his problems---one of the most heart-warming Xmas stories.

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Jan 20, 2013

Prof. Wutheridge: "When you want to know about a woman, ask the old men. They know."

Jan 20, 2013

Prof. Wutheridge: "You know, for quite a while now, every time I pass the cemetery, I feel as though I were apartment hunting!"

Jan 20, 2013

Sylvester: "The main trouble is there are too many people who don't know where they're going and they want to get there too fast!"


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