Dudley (Cary Grant) is an angel sent to answer the prayers of Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven), who is struggling to raise funds for a cathedral. In doing so, he compromises his values, and his family.
The Bishop's wife, the lovely, infinitely patient Julia, (Loretta Young), is distraught by their deepening marital friction. While providing guidance, the devilish and charming Dudley becomes smitten by Julia and seems to create more havoc in Henry’s life. Dudley does whatever it takes to get things moving, and in doing so, he even manages to deliver a few miracles along the way.
Full of spark, this delightful holiday film won an Oscar for Best Sound and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, along with Best Director for Harry Koster.
"Ice-skating - check; snowball fight - check; cute button-nosed kid - check; heartwarming message of goodwill to all men - check. All the essential ingredients of a Hollywood Christmas film, but garnished with a knowing twinkle in its eye… As well as gently irreverent humour, it features some of Britain's finest expat talent, from Elsa Lanchester's maid to Gladys Cooper's wealthy dowager [though] the chief appeal of the film is the marvellous biplay between Niven's exasperated bishop and Grant's unflappable angel." BFI
The Bishop's Wife
19 Dec - 29 Dec
When ecclesiastical and familial duties threaten to derail Bishop Henry Brougham’s Christmas, heaven-sent salvation appears in the unexpected form of (divine) Cary Grant! David Niven and Loretta Young co-star in the entertaining holiday rom-com from 1947.