Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Henry Koster
1947 • 109 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States

Principal Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper
Screenplay:  Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici based on the novel by Robert Nathan
Producer:  Samuel Goldwyn
Cinematography:  Gregg Toland

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards
Winner: Best Sound, Recording - Gordon Sawyer
Nominated: Best Director - Henry Koster 
Nominated: Best Film Editing - Monica Collingwood 
Nominated: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture - Hugo Friedhofer
Nominated: Best Picture - Samuel Goldwyn Productions

The Essential Films

 Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread. 

A true holiday classic.  A bishop is lost and without direction and desperately needs to raise money for a new church.  He prays for help and guidance, but feels he receives none.  However, he does receive help in the form of an angel named Dudley.  Dudley is incredibly charming (after all, he IS played by Cary Grant) as an assistant to the bishop.  Everyone falls for him, especially the bishop's wife (played by Loretta Young.)  Bishop Henry becomes increasingly frustrated and jealous of Dudley and what develops is a film that expertly showcases the fine acting abilities of its three leads.  It has a great holiday feel to it and both Grant and the film are incredibly charming.