The Bishop’s Wife (1947)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1947.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1947.

Delightful romantic comedy about a frustrated bishop (David Niven) who can’t find a way to build a new cathedral for his parish or work things out with his unhappily ignored wife (Loretta Young). After praying for guidance, an angel appears (in the form of Cary Grant) to help him along, only this angel has a devilish appetite for mischief and a yen for the bishop’s beautiful wife. Beautifully photographed and scored, the films threatens to invade sappy territory on more than one occasion but thankfully never succeeds; Young is perfectly lovely as the wife, and Grant is so dapper that you just have to love the story even if it dares oppose all credibility (just indulge in the scene where he reduces Gladys Cooper to tears). Remade, less successfully, as The Preacher’s Wife in 1996.

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