The Bishop's Wife (1947) - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 9 out of 136 found boring (6.61%)

One-line Reviews (47)

Grant pleaded with Goldwyn to reverse the casting - heavens knows why, for his angel is one of the dullest, most patronizing and least convinc¬ing ever seen.

Very nice story, and a very enjoyable movie.

I feel they wasted a superb opportunity with an intriguing plot, wonderful actors, and very good direction.

Young, following up her Oscar-winning role in "The Farmer's Daughter," is rather bland here in the title role.

Cary Grant plays Dudley with such an intense charm it is impossible to take one's eyes off him, something the other characters in the film clearly feel.

He brings joy to lives sinking into boredom and bitterness and encourages those who think their lives are over to take another shot.

Koster has crafted a pleasing and thoroughly entertaining movie that examines the good and bright side of human nature, and how refreshing it is in an era when so many films explore the dark side exclusively.

First, a compelling story line.

A thoroughly enjoyable film.. .

Niven gives a dull, one-note performance as the grouchy bishop.

This movie is really enjoyable to watch.

Dudley was one of Grant's best liked roles where his romantic personality was minimized - he does go out several times with Julia, but their visits together while pleasant and joyful are relatively staid (the most exciting being skating at a public rink).

Frequently Fascinating; A Charming B/W Christmas Fantasy .

' Well written and stylishly delivered, `The Bishop's Wife' is an absorbing, memorable film that makes you realize (either again or, perhaps for many, the first time) why Grant, Young and Niven are considered `stars,' and how much great character actors like Woolley, Gleason and Lanchester contributed to so many great films during their careers.

In all I find this movie quite enjoyable and watch it every year.

Loretta Young is okay as the rather bland wife, and David Niven is stuck playing a charmless minister who he can't do much with.

Just about every predictable cliché can be found here.

Briefly, a young Bishop urgently wants to build a new cathedral, but funds are slow in coming.

The script is witty, the direction even if not greatly inspired, and the whole thing adds up to a highly entertaining two hours.

It's meant to be heart-warming, but instead it's dreary and uninteresting and goes on much too long.

The three leads are memorable, with Grant a standout as the slightly devilish angel, and they are strongly supported by the very entertaining performances of Monty Wooley, Gladys Cooper, and Elsa Lanchester.

It has a charm and wit and comedy, along with a simple enjoyable movie.

I don't know which of the three credited composers composed the emotionally irresistible theme, but it's fascinating to realize how it's used.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

But you have to cut me some slack--I gawd a code id by doze.

This year, I taped it and saw it at my leisure and really enjoyed it.

It's mostly the smaller moments Grant sneaks into the film and his own performance that make THE BISHOP'S WIFE compelling viewing, and if you came to this film as a Grant fan, you certainly won't leave it disappointed.

The special effects are minimalist but effective, the careful framing and lighting of Gregg Toland's ("Citizen Kane") black and white cinematography, the tentative steps title character Julia (Loretta Young) takes as she starts to experience happiness again, and the slow realization by Bishop Henry of how far he has drifted from what matters the most.

It is simple but thoughtful, and often quite entertaining.

I found it boring and simply outdated.

A pleasant enough tale, with some touches of humour and a few really charming bits, it is nevertheless awfully predictable and has little originality, bearing many marks of 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

Don't waste your time on this old movie.

While there's a predictable happy ending, it's all done with great style and taste.

The bishop is a bore.

waste of time .

A thoroughly enjoyable film which, in my humble opinion, is over a million times better than the remake ['The Preacher's Wife'] with Denzel Washington.

This movie is a warm hearted and entertaining nudge in the same direction, and we need it.

Everything works in the most unexpected way.

As Julia, Loretta Young can be sweetly affecting, but as written, the character is rather dull considering how both men appear to vie for her affections.

Worth watching every Christmas season.

Her performance here alone makes this film worth watching.

Perhaps a little too sentimental for some, but I find it quite enjoyable.

The unexpected musical number on ice skates by Cary Grant, Loretta Young and James Gleason made me want to see it again straight away and thanks to the new technologies I was able to do it on the spot.

Highly recommend it.

The angel completes his mission and leaves his charges with a totally unexpected lesson.

But there was too much predictable padding, and the level of the screenplay and the directing were not up to the standard of the cast.

It is lacking in terms of technical aspects and storytelling, but it has good characterization and excellent acting leading to an enjoyable and endearing movie.