He wants to build a catherdral and he has to convince the richest woman in town to give them the funds. The appearance of his cane in a deserted house that a little girl hopes for suggests he is, but earlier he looked troubled by the thought of getting the child such a gift. When original director William A. Sure, there is never any threat of anything sexual happening but his actions cause David Niven, as her husband, to become jealous. By taking itself less seriously and focusing on a few core developments, it fits together nicely.
Sherwood, most famous for writing The Best Years of Our Lives for which he won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. She Played Loretta Young and David Niven's little girl. It was not a big success at the box office. The fun part is that because Dudley blesses the wine quietly, the bottle of wine never runs out. This is a Christmas season film so you know that everything will work itself out. It is snowing all through this film, and there are many sweet moments between Dudley and Julia. It's as if he's moving into the light.
David Niven and Cary Grant in The Bishop's Wife. Either way, Dudley's idea to get him writing is to give him a bottle that never runs out of liquor. What a lovely way to remember the Christmas spirit. This is Cary Grant's best performance. He is selling out little by little to the demands of Mrs. The burden of his conscience and dealing with Cooper has caused Niven to lose sight of what's really important in the world.
I'm 25 but a huge old movie fan and even a fan of Cary Grant, but for some reason I had never seen this before or even heard anyone talk about it. Everyone in the household is immediately won over by Dudley, except, of course, for the skeptical Bishop. In fact, I am surprised it doesn't play more during Christmas, or maybe I have missed seeing it around that time of the year that is the setting for the angel's appearance. Directed by Henry Koster, with some nice photography from Gregg Toland, the screenplay by Robert E. Hamilton who learns a thing or two about humility. He is even willing to kowtow to rich demanding congregation members to get funding. Originally Cary Grant played the bishop and David Niven the angel.
And see it back to back with the version that stars Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. A wonderful seasonal film, it is always welcomed back at Christmas time - reminding us that one does not have to build vast monuments to dead loved ones or to God to celebrate Christmas, but just to recognize what is needed to share joy and love with as many people as possible. Even Grant, who is at his best when playing light and charming, seems weighed down here. Loretta Young is sweet and lovely and does a wonderful job as the bishop's loyal wife. Cary Grant in The Bishop's Wife In my opinion, the reason this film has never become the classic holiday tradition as some is because of its grey morality. Karolyn Grimes was very charming in this picture. As I mentioned Monty Woolley get touched by this angel as does James Gleason, Gladys Cooper and Elsa Lanchester.
Dudley observes from the street, satisfied that his work is done. I don't believe that faith, per se, is required to fully appreciate this film. It's not perfect what is? Cast: Cary Grant Dudley , Loretta Young Julia Brougham , David Niven Henry Brougham , Monty Wooley Professor Wutheridge , James Gleason Sylvester , Gladys Cooper Mrs. That is because its incursion is on a comparatively simple and humble plane and its whimsy is sensitively siphoned from the more human and humorous frailties of the flesh. Dudley the angel comes to earth to help a Bishop David Niven juggle his professional and marital commitments, the conflict being that his priorities have changed since his promotion from the priest of a struggling parish.
Amazing how the simplest of things in life in that era brought about the most joy, alongside a lesson of the true spirit of the season: giving to those who are truly less fortunate, while recognizing one's own fortune, no matter how small. Here he plays Professor Wutheridge, a free-spirited - if slightly befuddled not to mention alcoholic - Classical Historian. Loretta Young who is as beautiful as always,plays David Niven's wife who finds Cary Grant Dudley very charming and fun to be with. This is one of my very favourite films and I feel so sorry for everyone once Dudley has left because they no longer remember that he's been there, but nonetheless his transforming effect remains. While not a great movie, The Bishop's Wife is a pleasant and charming addition to any holiday movie collection. Cary Grant has an awful lot of talent in this movie.
When he enters a room his presence fills the screen -- you know he is there even if you cannot always see him. Miss Young gives a moving performance as the wife whose life is touched by an angel without her knowledge of his heavenly origin Niven's cleric character is played straight but his anxieties and jealously loosen much of the warm humor gracing the plot. Koster had a window set piece brought in, and he filmed it from outside, with both looking out in the same direction, Grant behind Young. Although another writer, Leonardo Bercovici, would be brought in for rewrites and even Billy Wilder would rewrite a few scenes without credit, I wonder if it wasn't Sherwood's original script that keeps things more serious and downbeat. Why only a scrooge wouldn't like this movie! But it shows how sometimes the interference of a Hollywood producer worked wonders. This is a wonderful film.
Niven does an excellent job with the character, keeping him just this side of prim but making him sympathetic especially when he asks Dudley to put up his fists for Julia. When the boys won't let Julia's daughter play catch because she throws like a girl, Dudley steps in to give her a good pitching arm. Gladys Cooper's dowager is reminiscent of her elderly Mrs. She was a vocal supporter of and in their presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1980, respectively. Reverend Henry Brougham David Niven is working very hard to get his cathedral built--in fact, he's so busy speaking to wealthy clients and attending business meetings that he forgets that the one thing he needs most in this world is his wife Julia Loretta Young and their daughter Debbie. The extended delay, however, allowed Lanchester to complete her other commitment and resume the role after Angold developed her own scheduling conflict.
That is because its incursion is on a comparatively simple and humble plane and its whimsey is sensitively syphoned from the more human and humorous frailties of the flesh. The film is based on a book published in 1928 by author Robert Nathan. It has everything- love, angel, clergy, Christmas Trees, skating, choir, family and lastly all the characters are redeamed! This charming and seemingly simple film that has been a Christmas holiday staple since its release in 1947. It's definitely a great way to spend a Christmas night, and perhaps any other night. My favorite scenes include the annual debate between the professor and merchant for the purchase of a Christmas tree which resembles the Charlie Brown variety , lunch at Michele's where Dudley invites the snoopy gossips to join he and Julia, ice skating on the pond whoever did the comic skating for the taxi driver was wonderful , and when the boys choir starts singing with one or two voices added at a time until the whole rehearsal room is filled with heavenly music. And that is very surprising, in view of the realistic fact that it is a sentimental whimsy of the most delicate and dangerous sort.