The Bishop's Wife [DVD] 
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A Christmas fantasy tale. Angel Dudley (Cary Grant) comes to Earth to help out a bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who is involved in a desperate fundraising appeal to build a cathedral. However, his financial concerns have led him to become cut off from his wife and parishioners, a state of affairs the suave angel intends to put straight.
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I have watched this film for years. I just love it. I adore Cary Grant anyway but him and David Niven are beautifully paired together. The wonder The Angel brings to everyone is magical. The scenes in the professor's house, the skating in the park, they just don't make films like this these days.
I would recommend everyone to watch this film leading up to Xmas, lose yourself in it and get back that Xmas feeling. WATCH IT!!
Has a great Christmasy feel, Monty Wooley plays the Professor and is just great. Makes you long for the days when Christmas really meant something.
This is for those of you who have a sentimental streak and for those who don't, you will once you watch this.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Lorreta Young is cast as the beleaguered and neglected wife and Dudley reminds her of the fun that she and Henry once shared. Their love for one another triumphs and their friendships with characters like the Professor are renewed.
The ice-skating on the pond is without a doubt a highlight along with the snowball fight. If there is a scene stealer in this film it has to be James Gleason as the cab driver Sylvester, whose character is used as a device to connect some of the film key scenes. And they all live happily ever after...don't they.
BTW avoid at all costs the Preachers Wife, starring the late Whitney Houston, a terrible remake that lacks the star quality of this unsurpassed original.
The cast is a true Hollywood Golden Age ensemble from top stars to supporting players, from Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven to Elsa Lanchester, Gladys Cooper, Monty Woolley and James Gleason: wonderful, wonderful, all of them! Then there is the magnificent photography--professionalism entwined with art to a degree seldom if ever matched today. The story is a nice little mid-20th Century parable, not entirely pointless, not too sweet and, thankfully, not too strongly insisted upon.
Previous reviewers have pointed out many good things in "The Bishop's Wife." Among its many virtues, by no means the least are that Billy Wilder was included among its writers and that Frank Capra had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the film.
I feel obliged to draw attention here to two scenes that haven't been strongly emphasized in earlier Amazon reviews:
--Mid-way through, Cary Grant as Dudley the Angel and Loretta Young as the Bishop's wife visit the basement of a down-at-the-heels church to hear a children's choir rehearse. The kids are late. One arrives and he immediately starts to sing. The others arrive one by one (with a little help from Dudley), and each begins singing until at last the whole choir is assembled. That is the best children's choir that I have ever seen or heard (and, yes, I have seen the Vienna Boys Choir.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
purchased this for a friend ,one of my favourite films ......... ruined by subtitles on this editionPublished 2 months ago by Christine Alexander
At first I was really pleased, but when I came to play it I found out that the disc itself was scratched. I would like to return it and receive a refund if possiblePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Christmas trees you will love the one in this film. A feel good film with Cary Grant and David Niven.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was a present for My Mum & we were thrilled to watch it togetherPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer