The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

DVD - 1947
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A charming romantic comedy about an angel who materializes in answer to a bishop's prayer to help him save his marriage. Ironically, the bishop's neglected wife becomes infatuated with his new guest.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1947.
ISBN: 9780792849148
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,12 cm.


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Dec 16, 2017

I watch this movie every Christmas. A lovely movie about struggling with faith, prayers being answered differently than we expect, and finding joy in the true meaning of Christmas. I always enjoy watching Cary Grant and David Nivens.

Dec 10, 2017

Classic. Right up there with Frank Capra’s ‘’It’s A Wonderful Life.‘’ A must for the holiday season.

Very dated. I could not finish it. Role of the obedient, trusting wife and suspicious husband obscured the message.

Dec 13, 2016

An angel answers a bishop's prayer for guidance, just prior to Christmas. This black-and-white movie is a little slow, but it's worth seeing at least once. It is a light and gentle comedy. Cary Grant made every film he was in better. The Preacher's Wife starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston is a remake of The Bishop's Wife. Fun fact for Minnesotans: According to, the snowball fighting scene in The Bishop's Wife was filmed at Loring Park in Minneapolis.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A nice little classic Christmas movie. It has its dated moments, but largely stands the test of time. As for classic Christmas films, I liked this better than Miracle on 34th Street, but not nearly as much as It's a Wonderful Life (though I personally don't consider ...Wonderful Life a "Christmas movie" per se). I liked the tension in this film, was even a little surprised at how far they took the implications, but wished it could've been taken a little further. This is one I might revisit in Christmas future.

May 30, 2016

A cloying bit of fluffiness drenched in yuletide cheeriness but ultimately saved by a trio of fine performances and Gregg Toland's beautiful B&W cinematography which cashes in on snowy stage sets and cozy fireplaces. As an added bonus the ebullient Monty Woolley gives a twinkling cameo as Professor Wutheridge, a stuffy academic whose brush with an angel renews his faith in mankind. Put this one alongside Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life".

Feb 13, 2016

This is a 1947 romantic comedy directed by Henry Koster, based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Robert Nathan.
It is a story about an angel who helps a bishop with his problems---one of the most heart-warming Xmas stories.

Feb 09, 2013

An entertaining film with really top notch acting by Grant, Niven, Loretta Young, even Monty Woolley's cameo appearance was most succinct. Inspirational as well. If you enjoyed this, and have never seen the original "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" with Robert Montgomery (Elizabeth Montgomery's father, although many may be unfamiliar with her if somewhat young), as well as the Mr. Belvedere trilogy ("Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" [w/Shirley Temple grown up], "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell" and "Sitting Pretty"), all great movies, and if interested in today's paranormal romance, do try to see the original "Bell, Book and Candle" with Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, Hermine Gingold, Jack Lemmon and a comically brilliant performance by Kovacs!

Jan 20, 2013

It's good to see that there's a whole new generation getting to see this fabulous movie. Take the time folks you will not regret it.

Jan 20, 2013

A warm, feel-good film, capturing some wonderfully innocent and beautiful pastimes. How can you not get nostalgic watching children of the '40s transfixed on a Christmas window display? Dudley's (Grant's) message was simple, yet one that's sadly too often rushed past in this hectic modern-day life. Make time to "listen to a children's choir"; break your scheduled routine to spontaneously "go ice skating"... Smell the roses. Simple pleasures are real ones. Brilliant concept. Great film.

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Jan 20, 2013

Prof. Wutheridge: "When you want to know about a woman, ask the old men. They know."

Jan 20, 2013

Prof. Wutheridge: "You know, for quite a while now, every time I pass the cemetery, I feel as though I were apartment hunting!"

Jan 20, 2013

Sylvester: "The main trouble is there are too many people who don't know where they're going and they want to get there too fast!"

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