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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Bishop's Wife

**** The Bishop's Wife. Drama.

Directed by: Henry Koster.

Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

Every year, I get at least one new Christmas movie on DVD. This is 2007's, and we watched it Christmas Eve. I'd never seen it before, but hey, it's got Cary Grant, so if nothing else, I could just watch and listen to Cary Grant. Mmmm.... Cary Grant....

Cary Grant plays an angel (well, of course!) sent to answer the prayers of a bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young).

The bishop is trying to raise the funds for a new cathedral, but the wealthy woman who's prepared to donate them has put strings on the donation, wanting the cathedral as a monument to her late husband. So the bishop prays for guidance, and the answer is the angel Dudley.

Dudley's assistance doesn't turn out exactly the way the bishop expected, though, as the angel ends up taking on all the "niceties" the bishop hasn't had time for: mostly spending time with his wife.

This could have been an overly sentimental holiday movie about realizing what's important in life, if it weren't for two things: the humor, and there's quite a bit of it; and the notion that Dudley starts to fall for the bishop's wife. Dudley's dilemma isn't emphasized, but it adds a little extra depth to the story, making him a little more human, a little more interesting than a perfect being sent to show people the error of their ways.

The Bishop's Wife is cute, and sweet, and it's always a pleasure watching Cary Grant.

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I LOVE this movie. It's a must see every Christmas.
David Niven was so good in it.
Excellent movie - the remake (The Preacher's Wife) is also good!
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies!
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