The Bishop’s Wife

THE BISHOP’S WIFE

Review: A bishop’s prayers are answered when an angel (Cary Grant) enters his life to help him build a new cathedral and also to repair his fractured marriage.
Director: Henry Koster
Actors: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Haden, Karolyn Grimes, Tito Vuolo, Regis Toomey, Margaret McWade and Ben Erway
Year: 1947
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance and Sci-Fi,
Conclusion: 4/5
Princess Margaret and her sister, Queen Elizabeth, both attended the screening of ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ on 25th November 1947 at the Odeon Theatre in Leicester Square. Having just watched this for the first time for me this is now my ideal Christmas movie. This is now the ultimate Christmas movie to watch. I do think it is a shame that it is not more widely recognised or known as a Christmas film and keeps getting left out of lists. Apparently while filming for this film there were tensions on the set as Cary Grant clashed with Loretta Young and also the director over the script, which Grant thought not substantial enough. Overall Grant, Young and Niven give terrific performances and make the film enjoyable to watch. It is a very funny and sweet film. Interestingly this is David Niven’s second movie with angels. His first was the wonderful A Matter of Life and Death (1946). At the Academy Awards in 1948 this won an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording. 

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