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: 12 out of 149 found boring (8.05%)

One-line Reviews (54)

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

It is too long and there was really not much of a story.

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

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

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

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.

First, a compelling story line.

Highly recommend it.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

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).

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.

It has some entertaining moments such as the ice skating scene with the taxi driver.

Her performance here alone makes this film worth watching.

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

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

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

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.

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

' 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.

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.

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.

waste of time .

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 simple but thoughtful, and often quite entertaining.

Just about every predictable cliché can be found here.

Frequently Fascinating; A Charming B/W Christmas Fantasy .

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

A thoroughly enjoyable film.. .

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

Worth watching every Christmas season.

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

)This is Dudley's text, which Henry delivered from the pulpit - a lovely sermon for the season:Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

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

I found it boring and simply outdated.

), Grant dictating to a typewriter Niven's sermon while the machine types away without fingers, Grant attending to a Christmas tree Lanchester was struggling with guiding hands as if orchestrating a composition, Grant harping a tune quite touching to an unexpected Mrs. Hamilton (her history about a love lost and a rich husband she only married for his money when Grant offers a sympathetic ear is such a beautiful treat!

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.

While a morally good movie, it is rather dry it had a couple single cheek smirks.

Very nice story, and a very enjoyable movie.

Don't waste your time on this old movie.

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

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

Everything works in the most unexpected way.

David Niven's character is a bore and it was a waste of Niven's talent.

The bishop is a bore.

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.

This movie is really enjoyable to watch.

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.

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.

Apart from that it is an empty spectacle.

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.

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.

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'.